last gasp hero
By Alex O'Loughlin
April 23 2011
Yeovil Town came from behind with ten men for a second week running as they overcame a 2-0 defecit to rescue a point against promotion chasing opponents Bournemouth.
Coming into the game manager Terry Skiverton made two changes recalling full-backs Craig Alcock and Nathan Smith into the starting eleven in place of the suspended Luke Ayling and departed Oli Johnson.
That meant a reshuffle for the rest of the side, with Max Ehmer pushing forward into a defensive midfield position whilst Shaun MacDonald became the support striker, meaning Dean Bowditch took up a position on the left wing.
It was the Glovers who began the game the brighter with Paul Wotton driving a free kick into the arms of Cherries 'keeper Schwan Jalal before Andy Welsh had his shot deflected wide of target, although the Green and Whites failed to capitalise on their early set pieces.
Despite having the early chances Yeovil were struggling to string passes together, as Bournemouth began to take charge of the possession and carve out chances of their own.
Only Danny Hollands knows how he missed from a few yards, when his flicked header from close range looked destined for the net, only for it to float harmlessly wide of the target. From another corner Harry Arter's header only found Stephen Henderson, before Nathan Smith denied Steve Lovell with a last ditch challenge after Adam Virgo had made a mess of a clearance.
The 4-4-1-1 formation was soon switched to a standard 4-4-2 with Dean Bowditch joining Jon Obika up front with Shaun MacDonald onto the wing, and the change in formation made a difference almost immediately.
Jon Obika's sheer determination in the box led to the ball falling his way just six yards out, but he somehow drove his shot wide in an effort lacking composure. His next effort was much better when Jalal had to turn it around the post for a corner.
It was Obika's presence in the box again which led to Yeovil's next chance, as when Jon Obika was tackled the ball fell to Nathan Smith on the edge of the box whose venomous shot was excellently saved by Schwan Jalal.
Just before the break temperatures boiled over slightly as Harry Arter lunged in slightly on Max Ehmer rightly earning himself a yellow card, but Glovers captain Paul Huntington also picked up a yellow for needlessly getting in the face of Danny Hollands.
Half Time: Yeovil Town 0-0 AFC Bournemouth
The half time break should have seen things calm down, but just four minutes into the second and Paul Huntington received his marching orders after cynically blocking Danny Ings, earning his second yellow card and an early shower.
The following event left all of the on looking Yeovil fans bewildered at the awarding of a penalty for the Cherries despite referee Steve Tanner initially waving away Adam Smith's shouts for a penalty, that was before Adam Virgo tried to get the player to his feet, clearly thinking he was diving.
After a lengthy conversation with his assistant referee a penalty was awarded along with a yellow card for Virgo, a decision which left Yeovil fans booing for some ten minutes after the incident.
Upstepped Danny Ings to send Stephen Henderson the wrong way and take an odd and controversial lead for the Cherries. 1-0.
With ten men and a goal down Max Ehmer slipped back into central defence, whilst Dean Bowditch fell back into midfield as they switched to a 4-4-1 formation in a bid to hit Bournemouth on the break.
The game was seemingly over just before the 70 minute mark when Bournemouth doubled their lead thanks to a swift counter attacking move. Schwan Jalal's quick throw to Liam Feeney saw the winger race up the pitch to the Glovers box, before centring the ball for an on running Danny Ings who doubled his and his sides lead. 2-0.
Both sides made substitutions from the point on perhaps looking forward to the Easter Monday games in a bid to conserve some energy, as Andrew Tutte, Billy Gibson and Sam Williams took to the field for Andy Welsh, Paul Wotton and Jon Obika.
But there was still more to come from the game when with five minutes remaining the Glovers were awarded a life line from the penalty spot, as Shaun Cooper was adjudged to have handled in the box. Adam Virgo the man who gave away a penalty at the other end stepped up and emphatically smashed the ball into the top right hand corner, game on. 1-2.
Into four minutes of injury time and the comeback was complete when Shaun MacDonald headed into the net from a Dean Bowditch corner to send the 4,000 Yeovil fans into raptures, almost lifting the roof off of Huish Park. Comeback complete. 2-2.
Yeovil nervously played out the final minutes of the game to hang on for a well fought and deserved point which sees them move eight points clear of the drop zone with three games remaining, making them all but mathematically safe.