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Wasteful Glovers Punished by Posh

squandered two chances

By Alex O'Loughlin
February 16 2011

Yeovil slipped to their third consecutive defeat after they yet again failed to turn chances in to goals, slipping back down into 20th position in League One. 

Terry Skiverton named the same starting eleven as the one that faced Dagenham & Redbridge, with Dean Bowditch and Andy Welsh both still absent with injury. Peterborough had a familiar face on the bench with Arron Davies, but the winger didn't get anywhere near the pitch. 

The opening quarter of an hour was dominated by the Glovers, who could easily have been two up inside the first three minutes. 

Oli Johnson cleverly got to the by-line before firing across goal, and Sam Williams could only slice his shot from a few yards out to Andrew Tutte on the opposite wing, whose immediate ball back across goal once again alluded Sam Williams, prompting a few jeers in his direction. 

Next to try his luck was Andy Williams who looked to capitalise on a poor back header from Gabriel Zakuani, but the strikers looped header was easily caught by the 6'6" frame of Joe Lewis. 

Yeovil's early dominance of the Posh continued when Oli Johnson turned well on the edge of the box before forcing Lewis into a good diving save, with no one following up to capitalise on the rebound. 

It took Peterborough until the 21st to have a shot a goal, and it wasn't really worth the wait with Stephen Henderson having no troubles saving Lee Tomlin's effort. 

Yeovil had once again adopted a direct approach to the game, and the early effectiveness of the tactic began to dry up, with no sign of a 'plan B' emerging. 

The remainder of the first half became a scrappy affair, marred by the referee's pernickety nature. 

Although much of the first half was a non-event, the Glovers deserved to be in the lead thanks to their early dominance but yet again, they had failed to hit the target.

Half Time: Yeovil Town 0-0 Peterborough United

It was unlikely that the Posh would be as bad in the second period as they were in the first, and that turned out to be true as they got off to a good start. 

Lee Tomlin again forced Henderson into a good save after hitting the ball on the half-volley, and a few minutes later Craig Mackail-Smith flashed a header wide of goal after getting above Nathan Smith. 

It was Yeovil's turn to attack next, and as Andy Williams looked to run through on goal he was cynically hauled back by Gabriel Zakuani, who was fortunate he had team mates around him as he only received a yellow card, much to the displeasure of the sparse crowd of 3,351. 

From the resultant free-kick another glorious chance was spurned, when Joe Lewis dropped the ball at the feet of Max Ehmer, whose panicky effort slid wide of open goal, with no one else alert enough to tap in. 

Peterborough began to look increasingly more likely as George Boyd from the angle forced Henderson into a save, before substitute Nathaniel Mendez-Laing blasted over the bar from inside the box.

What turned out to be the pivotal moment in the match was Peterborough's introduction of playmaker Grant McCann, who would go on to set up both Posh goals. 

Antonio German came on to make his home debut, although the striker didn't even touch the ball when he came on. 

Possession means nothing if you don't put the ball in the net, and Peterborough highlighted that with five minutes remaining when Grant McCann's angled ball wrong footed the Yeovil defence allowing Mackail-Smith to capitalise and fire past Henderson to snatch the lead. 0-1.

That brought about an immediate tactical change with Yeovil changing to a 3-5-2 formation, with Adam Virgo replacing Ed Upson to become part of a back three, with both full-backs pushing up onto the wing.

That change barely had chance to take place and Peterborough's lead was doubled in the 88th minute when a Grant McCann corner fell to Grant Basey who lased in from six yards to steal all three points. 0-2.

Four minutes of injury time became a formality with the Glovers failing to get anywhere near Joe Lewis' goal, as the Green and Whites slipped to their third consecutive defeat slipping back down to 20th place hovering dangerously above the relegation places.

Their lesson had clearly not been learnt from Saturday as they once again failed to turn chances and dominance into goals, with the Posh showing the meaning of 'take your chances'. Terry Skiverton now has ten days to re-think his tactics before a very important match away at Tranmere Rovers in what could be a make or break game for the Glovers.

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