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'Mac'Nificent Glovers Maul Orient


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By Alex O'Loughlin
March 26 2011

Yeovil made it two wins in a row with an emphatic 5-1 victory over play-off hopefuls Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road as they step an inch closer to the precious 'safety' word. 

Manager Terry Skiverton made three changes to the side which started last week against Exeter City, as well as a tactical change switching to the 3-5-2 formation which made such a difference at St James' Park. In came Adam Virgo and Oli Johnson for the injured duo of Nathan Smith and Sam Williams, whilst Paul Wotton came into the centre of the park for Andrew Tutte, who was the unfortunate 6th lonee and missed out. 

Before any real pattern could emerge in the game Yeovil found themselves a goal up after just 9 minutes, when a Glovers corner fell to Shaun MacDonald on the edge of the box which he superbly volleyed into the net with the aid of the post, a goal worthy of three points itself. 0-1.

Although the Glovers were one up the game was still in the balance, but the pendulum swung Yeovil's way when Matthew Spring received a straight red card just before the quarter of an hour mark. The incident itself was a 50:50 challenge with Andy Welsh with the latter coming off worse, and in all honesty a red was a bit harsh on the Orient midfielder. 

The man advantage meant that the Green and Whites had a lot of space in midfield, which was something they were able to exploit when Shaun MacDonald completed a one-two with Oli Johnson which saw him in on goal, and the Swansea loanee kept his calm to slot past 'keeper Jones into the net to double his, and his sides lead. 0-2.

A series of late and vicious challenges came in from some of the O's players as they felt aggrieved at some of the decisions, and indeed some of the fouls deserved red cards more than the red carded Matt Spring did. 

Three minutes before the break and the game was essentially over when Yeovil grabbed a third goal, this time from the penalty spot.

Shaun MacDonald got to the by-line and his cross was blocked by the arm of Stephen Dawson and the already unpopular Geoff Eltringham awarded a penalty, receiving yet more jibes from the home supporters. MacDonald took control of the ball and sent goalkeeper Jones the wrong way to get complete his first half hat-trick. 0-3.

Understandably the Orient fans felt that Yeovil's lead was entirely down to the referee, but it was in fact mostly down to Yeovil's excellent attacking football, which was aided by the extra man of course. 

Half Time: Leyton Orient 0-3 Yeovil Town

Terrell Forbes came on for Leyton Orient at the break as they looked to shore up the defence, but that soon back fired when Andy Welsh made it 4-0 just a minute into the second period, when the winger tapped in the rebound from Jon Obika's powerful shot. 

If it wasn't before the game was now won, and Yeovil switched on the cruise control to tide through the second half, although they continued to look dangerous in attack, with Jon Obika twice being denied by fantastic saves from Jamie Jones.

With twenty minutes remaining the O's got a consolation goal thanks to some lazy defending from the Glovers. Adam Virgo looped a header up in the air and the ball was allowed to bounce too many times and Dean Cox capitalised to slot home. 1-4.

But Yeovil's four goal lead was soon restored when Jon Obika unselfishly squared it to Dean Bowditch who couldn't miss to grab his third goal in two games, and polish of the scoreline with a nice looking 1-5.

That was the last action of the game as Yeovil walked away 5-1 victors, and deservedly so. The red card undoubtedly had an impact on the game, but it shouldn't take any gloss off of what was a mightily impressive performance from Yeovil.

They now go into a week in which they face Carlisle and Bristol Rovers full of confidence, as their gap from the relegation zone has been extended to four points with two games in hand. Things are looking up...

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