Yeovil end Swansea's run
8/10/05 - 12:30pm
Swansea City ended their 8-game unbeaten run as Yeovil maintained their 100% record against us at Huish Park. After our third visit, we are still yet to score there and again we found it difficult cope with Yeovil's style of football.
Kenny Jackett was forced into making 3 changes to the starting line up as Ricketts was involved in today's 3-2 Welsh win against Northern Island while McLeod was out injured and Akinfenwa was suspended after picking up his 5th booking of the season last Saturday at home to Blackpool. This meant starts for Forbes, Monk and Robinson.
It was Yeovil who dominated possession in the first half and their quick passing game was causing problems for us early on. When we had the ball we still struggled as they closed us down well and never gave us much time and space. Our first real chance on goal in front of our travelling support consisting of 1,500 jacks involved good 1-pass football but we were unable to finish the move off. Robinson also went close but he went too far and was eventually tackled inside the penalty area.
With Akinfenwa and McLeod missing, we didn't really have a targetman to compete with Sodje in the air are we desperately needed to play the ball along the floor as often as possible.
Alan Tate was soon receiving stick from the fans although he was no worse than any other player today. Izzy Iriekpen went close from Martinez's set piece cross but he couldn't direct his header goalward. Leon Britton was showing the workrate and commitment that we our other players seemed to lack but goal opportunities were very limited and Weale in goal was rarely called into action.
Swansea would have been lucky to go in at half time scoreless but 6 minutes from the break and the hosts took a deserved lead. A pacey out swinging cross from former Swansea target, Lee Johnson was met by Skiverton who headed passed Willy Gueret.
Jackett needed to sort his side out in readiness for the second half if we were going to get anything out of this match and he decided to bring on Marc Goodfellow for Andy Robinson on the left and used his assistant manager for the first time as Kevin 'OAP' Nugent replaced Forbes up front - hoping to win more aerial challenges. And to be fair to the veteran, Nuge was winning the flick ons and was laying the ball off well but Trundle was marked closely and rarely had a shooting opportunity.
Marc Goodfellow lashed a stinging volley from a loose bouncing ball but Weale got a hand to it as the ball went out for a corner. Martinez also had a go from just outside the area but Weale was able to make a comfortable save from a shot that lacked power and direction.
Trundle then stepped up to take a free kick from shooting range but it didn't dip enough as it curled around and over the wall, and over the bar. Bean also tried his luck but didn't get his foot around the ball enough as it curled well wide.
Yeovil then played the last 10 minutes or so in the corners, wasting as much time as possible and therefore it never looked as if we'd rob them to share the points.
Overall it was our worst performance of the season in which we struggled against a side that passed and moved quickly and we were unable to cope with their frantic style of play. Despite Johnson leaving to manage Bristol City, they still play the attractive football we've seen from them in the past two seasons and it was surprising that they didn't make the best of starts to the new season.