We Are Staying Up, Say We Are Staying Up!
By Alex O'Loughlin
April 25 2011
Yeovil Town battled for a more than a deserved point against promotion hopefuls Peterborough United to guarantee mathematical safety for another year with two games to spare.
Coming into the game Terry Skiverton was forced into making two changes, with centre back duo Paul Huntington and Adam Virgo missing out through suspension and injury respectively. In came assistant manager Nathan Jones for his first game since December, in a move seeing Nathan Smith move into the centre of defence alongside Mex Ehmer. The other change saw Andrew Tutte slot back into midfield after coming on off of the bench on Saturday.
Peterborough had made eight changes themselves, perhaps trying to preserve energy levels ahead of their play-off games in a few weeks time, although the dangerous Craig Mackail-Smith and George Boyd did feature on the bench.
Things almost got off to a disastrous start for Yeovil when straight from the kick-off the diminutive Lee Tomlin drove at the thrown Glovers defence before seeing his deflected shot fly just wide of the target, almost opening the scoring after barely ten seconds.
The hectic start to the game continued when the Green and Whites went close at the other end when Dean Bowditch pulled off of the defenders to meet Craig Alcock's pull back from a free kick only to see his effort excellently saved by Paul Jones.
After the full on start to the game things died down for a period with neither side really testing 'keeper, that was until the 23rd minute when the Glovers were awarded their second penalty in two games when Nathan Jones was felled in the box by goalkeeper Jones, despite the Yeovil full-back making the most of what little contact their was. Upstepped captain for the day Paul Wotton too firmly send Jones the wrong way and take the lead for the Green and Whites. 0-1.
The goal threw an already wobbling Peterborough who were struggling to string passes together with the eight changes they made, continuously losing possession much to the displeasure of the onlooking Posh fans.
To say yeovil were comfortable is an understatement, and they could have extended their lead when Jon Obika just about failed to get on the end of a ball across the box, before Dean Bowditch was denied by a good block.
There were only positives to take from the first half of football at London Road, but the lurking talent on the Posh's bench looked ominous.
Half Time: Peterborough United 0-1 Yeovil Town
Things continued much the same as they had done in the first half for the opening period of the second half, and that was even with the introduction of Mackail-Smith and Boyd on the hour mark.
When Peterborough did finally manage a shot on goal they were denied magnificently by a tremendous double save from Stephen Henderson who first saved Paul Taylor's deflected shot and then immediately reacted to turn Chris Whelpdale's header around the post.
Just moments after that it was almost a terrible own goal by Craig Alcock, when he could only hit his clearance onto the post, with the rebound thankfully falling away from any danger.
But the pressure finally told a few minutes later on the 87th minute when from a Peterborough free kick some slack defending allowed Kelvin Langmead to volley home and draw the scores level at 1-1.
That triggered the start of an extraordinary few minutes when straight from the kick off Andrew Tutte paraded into the Posh box before lashing the ball into the far corner, immediately putting the Glovers back into the lead. 1-2.
Just some two minutes were in between Yeovil boasting a 1-0 lead and tying the game 2-2 as Peterborough immediately levelled once more, when Craig Mackail-Smith was left unmarked to tap in to rescue a point for the Posh. 2-2.
As the final whistle blew it wasn't immediately sure whether a point would be enough to guarantee them safety, but news of Bristol Rovers losing at Bournemouth and Dagenham & Redbridge losing out to Huddersfield meant that Yeovil had done enough, they had reached safety with two games to spare.