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Glovers Not Third Time Lucky Against Hartlepool

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By Alex O'Loughlin
April 9 2011

Yeovil Town have lost for a third time this season to Hartlepool United as they went down 3-1 at Victoria Park this Saturday afternoon. 

There were three enforced changes coming into the game with Paul Wotton failing a fitness test, Andy Welsh was missing due to the impending birth of his first child, and Andy Williams missed out with an ankle injury. In came Andrew Tutte, Nathan Smith and Sam Williams respectively. Striker Oli Johnson missed out completely as the sixth loan.

Despite the number of changes manager Terry Skiverton persisted with the 3-4-1-2 formation which saw them lose to Bristol Rovers last weekend, although prior to that they had won three games using that system.

The opening minutes of the game were rather uneventful, but the Glovers took the lead with their first shot on target with just ten minutes on the clock.

A Craig Alcock throw-in found Jon Obika who turned excellently letting the ball run across his body before smashing in first time from twenty yards, earning the applause of even the home fans. 0-1.

It didn't take the Monkey Hangers long to get back on terms though, when they took advantage of some poor Yeovil defending.

Set pieces and corners have been the Glovers Achilles heel this season, and it was from a corner that they conceded the equalising goal, when Adam Virgo could only head up in the air Evan Horwood's corner, which then fell to Adam Boyd who tapped in unopposed. 1-1.

Despite the eventful start to the game the remaining half an hour of the match became rather dull, with neither 'keeper being tested and neither side being able to keep possession for any amount of time. 

Yeovil's central midfield of Shaun MacDonald and Andrew Tutte also struggled to get to grips of the game, as they came up against a three man Hartlepool midfield. 

Half Time: Hartlepool United 1-1 Yeovil Town

Terry Skiverton made a tactical change at the beginning of the second half, as they reverted to a 4-4-2 diamond formation, with Max Ehmer moving forward into the holding midfield position. Which is the position he plays at his parent club QPR.

Lessons should have been learnt after conceding the first goal to a corner, but unfortunately this wasn't the case when from yet another corner Hartlepool took the lead. 

Leon McSweeney's corner was capitalised on by Sam Collins whose seemingly slow motion shot found its way in from close range, but the static defending from Yeovil wouldn't have pleased the on looking management. 2-1.

Things went from bad to worse for the Green and Whites when they fell another goal behind, thanks to yet more slack defending.

Evan Horwood stormed down the left wing and picked out a lurking Colin Larkin in the box, who had far too much space to somewhat scuff the ball into the goal and secure all three points. 3-1.

Yeovil never looked liked getting back into the game despite the introduction of Martin Gritton (for his debut) and Alex Russell. The performance overall was a very flat one, with a sense of complacency perhaps thinking the job is done in terms of avoiding relegation.

But the buffer has been reduced to five points and Tuesday night's opponents Notts County are the team five points behind in 21st, so it really is a must win game.

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