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Wasteful Glovers Held by Ten Man Terriers


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By Alex O'Loughlin
March 5 2011

Before the game there wouldn't have been a Yeovil fan anywhere who wouldn't have taken a point, but after the games events many were left wondering why all three weren't heading in the Glovers direction. 

Coming into the game Terry Skiverton made two changes to the side which started Tuesday night's game, bringing in Alex Russell and Andy Williams for Ed Upson and Sam Williams respectively. The re-introduction of Andy Williams saw Dean Bowditch move out to the wide left position, whilst Oli Johnson tucked in just behind Williams.

Ed Upson's spell on the bench lasted just three minutes when he had to take to the field in place of Paul Wotton, who limped off with what seemed to be a serious hamstring injury seeing him march straight down the tunnel to the treatment table. 

A frantic start to the game continued when the visiting Terriers were reduced to ten man after Dean Bowditch and ex-Yeovil player Lee Peltier came together right in front of the fourth official, with the Huddersfield right back stupidly lashing out with his elbow into the face of Bowditch, resulting in a straight red card and his side playing with a man less for 76 minutes. 

As to be expected with the extra man Yeovil began to dominate the possession, even beginning to run it out of defence due to the extra space being available. 

Despite the lion share of the ball there was little in terms of chances, with Oli Johnson going closest with a shot curling just wide after a strong run. 

A bad start to the game almost got worst for Huddersfield as defender Stephen Jordan headed Nathan Smith's cross against his own post, with Andrew Tutte's follow up header going wide.

But the Green and Whites didn't have to wait long to take the lead when Andy Williams' excellent run behind the back four was spotted excellently by Alex Russell who fed the ball into Williams, who then skilfully came inside Peter Clarke before curling the ball into the bottom left corner. 1-0.

The half continued with Yeovil dominating the possession and Huddersfield struggling to put together more than a couple passes, and the Glovers lead should have been doubled just before the break.

Oli Johnson was put through on goal but inexplicably stuttered and waited allowing a duo of Clarke and Kay to tackle back, wasting a glorious chance to almost put the game beyond a sub-standard Huddersfield side.

Half Time: Yeovil Town 1-0 Huddersfield Town

In a bid to retain the ball up front a bit more Huddersfield replaces striker Lee Novak with the lively Arsenal loanee Benik Afobe.

Poor finishing on Tuesday night meant that Yeovil didn't get anything from the game against league leaders Brighton, and it was clear they hadn't learnt their lesson when Andy Williams shot wide from the angle when he perhaps should have done better.

If you don't take your chances you are often punished, and that is exactly what happened when Anthony Pilkington's corner was headed home by an unmarked Anthony Kay, after the corner was needlessly given away in the first place. 1-1.

That equalising goal knocked the stuffing out of Yeovil who spent the remainder of the game on the back foot, as the Terriers looked like they might steal all three points with a succession of half chances and corners.

In a bid to keep the ball up top Antonio German and Sam Williams replaced Oli Johnson and Andy Williams, a pair of substitutions which failed to achieve anything.

There was still time for Benik Afobe and Anthony Pilkington to draw saves from Stephen Henderson, but the four minutes of injury time were played out to eventually end the game a draw.

Although a point from a team placed third in the league cannot be a bad thing, the fact the Glovers were playing with a man extra for 76 minutes and failed to take their chances yet again will worry fans and management alike, as they head to St Mary's and Southampton this coming Tuesday.

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