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Glovers Sunk by Bennett Strike

claimed a penalty

By Alex O'Loughlin
March 2 2011

Yeovil Town narrowly lost out 1-0 to top of the table outfit Brighton & Hove Albion, although the Glovers deserved much more from their battling performance.

Ahead of the game manager Terry Skiverton made one change, dropping Andy Williams who was replaced by fit again Dean Bowditch. 

That prompted a change in formation as the Green and Whites took on a 4-4-2 stroke 4-4-1-1 formation with Oli Johnson dropping deep behind the front man Bowditch. 

The game started with quite an intense tempo, with both sides looking to get an early foothold on the game. Despite the fast paced start, there was little action at either goal, with the Glovers only chance being a deflected Oli Johnson effort, whilst at the other end Adam El-Abd glanced a header several yards wide from a free-kick.

A moment of controversy occurred next in an incident that after the game left Terry Skiverton fuming, as Oli Johnson ran into the box before going down under the challenge from El-Abd, only to be told to get to his feet by referee Scott Mathieson, and in fairness to the officials, asides from Johnson himself none of the Yeovil players appealed for a penalty.

Just as the game reached the 25 minute mark the Seagulls took the lead, in a flowing move you would come to expect from the league leaders. Loanee Chris Wood ran down the left flank before cutting inside where he found Elliott Bennett, who from the edge of the box drove into the far corner past Stephen Henderson, teaching the Glovers a lesson in swift build-up play. 0-1.

That goal seemed to galvanise Brighton who grabbed the game by the neck and began to create chances at will, with Inigo Calderon seeing his shot saved at the second attempt by Henderson. 

The remainder of the first half was dominated by the Seagulls who took advantage of Yeovil dropping deep allowing Brighton to enter the Yeovil half unchallenged, something some members of the crowd weren't pleased to see.

Ten minutes before the break and the Green and Whites finally forced Kasper Ankergren into a save, when Paul Wotton's low drive from a free-kick was saved well through a crowd of players.

Former Glover Liam Bridcutt was impressing in midfield, and he managed to get Ed Upson into the book after the youngster hacked down Bridcutt for not the first time in the game.

Half Time: Yeovil Town 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

The booking turned out to be Ed Upson's last contribution to the game as he was replaced at half time by veteran midfielder Alex Russell, as the Glovers looked for a more telling passer of the ball in midfield. 

Although the 'hairdryer' might be a step too far, Skiverton obviously told his players to buck up their ideas and that's what they did immediately, with Sam Williams teeing up Russell whose shot was blocked, before Luke Ayling blasted over a few minutes later from a Russell free kick. 

However, the Seagulls still looked dangerous on the attack and striker Chris Wood stung the fingers of Henderson who saved well from a tight angle. 

The introduction of Russell into the midfield had turned out to be an inspired change, with the 37 year old creating glorious chances for the home side.

Firstly Russell's excellent cross from the left found Oli Johnson who inexplicably headed wide, before a Andy Williams from a similar move planted his header straight at Ankergren in another poor display of finishing.

As is often the case despite dominating the second period Brighton and Bennett nearly grabbed a second, when the wingers effort was deflected over Henderson and onto the post, much to the thanks of the beaten goalkeeper.

Despite going until the very end Yeovil struggled to create any more meaningful chances and were left to reflect on the missed chances of Johsnon and Andy Williams, a lack of cutting edge which could be to blame for the Green and Whites league position. 

Next up on Saturday is Huddersfield Town in what is another clash against a top five side, and if they are to get anything from the game they will need to learn how to find the net.

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