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Posted by Ben Barrett on January 8, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Yeovil Town 2 - 0 Brentford

Two wins and two draws, four clean sheets – goals from strikers, defenders and midfielders, Yeovil Town have decided to employ some promotion style form in a bid to escape from the League One drop zone.


The game against in-form Brentford could have been a very abrupt end to a decent run of form for the Glovers, however they weren’t giving up the points easily and notched up a very credible 2-0 win.


Goals from Paul Huntington and Andy Williams separated the sides in a game which saw Brentford test Stephen Henderson in goal maybe no more than three times.


Richard Lee was by far the busier ‘keeper and in the end a combination of his saves and a lack of luck probably stopped the game being a complete rout.


My worries before kick off totally surrounded the midfield pair, without Shaun Mac and JPK I was concerned Yeovil would be over run and as a result lose out.


Ed Upson and Paul Wotton eased my concerns with a calm and composed performance, broke up the play well and made chances.

However for me, the game was one in two key areas, the front four of Bowditch, S Williams, Welsh and A Williams hassled and pressed the back five, caused mistakes and created their own chances.


All four deserve credit for their efforts today, Sam Williams was the quietest of the four, he won a disappointing amount of headers and yet caused some problems.


The other key performance from Luke Ayling, who at Right Back played a blinder, he has a real bite about his tackles and deputised for Craig Alcock brilliantly.


Aside from the goals, Andy Welsh struck the bar and there should have been one, if not two, penalties.


I have two words of warning – one of them is regarding set pieces, Yeovil seemed to react second when defending corners, this could be a down fall in the future.

Secondly, the start of the second half was slow and sluggish, it took a good 10 minutes to get into the pace of the game. Better sides would have punished us.


Overall, a very competent performance with some key players putting in a shift and reaping the rewards as a result.


Cannot complain in the slightest.




Henderson: 7 (out of 10) Another clean sheet, and a coupleof key saves at 1-0.


Ayling: 9 – MOTM, tackles, passes, gets others going andputs in a shift running non-stop. A badge pump at the end, can’t help but thinkhe is starting to properly love it.

Huntington: 8 – Very solid captain’s performance, took a serious knock when scoring yet got on with the job and played well.


Ehmer: 7 – Looks promising, I noticed he needed to be toldwhat to do, but that is to be expected.


Smith: 7 – I’ve never been the biggest fan of Smudger, buttoday he once again played well, especially at attacking. Took a booking at theend for the team too.


Welsh: 8 – Very nearly stole MOTM from Ayling, this man rana marathon today and produced quality balls and created chances for everyoneelse.


Upson: 7 – Fitted in the SMac role nicely, kept theBrentford midfield very quiet all day, might not get the credit he deserves forthis performance but he played very well.


Wotton: 7 – Spoke to everyone and almost played the role ofteacher. Could be very useful, he has the experience and the nous that couldsteer the lads to safety.


Bowditch: 7.5 – Only a lack of a goal prevented him getting an 8, but for a striker who has been playing out wide he has caused the fullback all kinds of problems.


Sam Williams, 6 – If he could strike a ball, he’d bedangerous, heads well and brings others into play, but I fear he is considered as the weak link.


Andy Williams: 8 – Worked his backside off, his goal cameoff the shoulder but he earned it, another one to run a marathon, is our main goal threat.


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