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MATCH REPORT: First home point for Yeovil in draw with Brighton
YEOVIL slipped to the bottom of the Skybet Championship table yesterday, despite picking up their first ever home Championship point in an uninspiring 0-0 draw against Brighton.
Both teams worked hard, but clear cut chances were few and far between, ultimately resulting in a scoreline that neither side could have any complaint with.
The best of the action was in the last 10 minutes, where either team might have nicked all three points, but both defences held out for clean sheets.
Following the final whistle manager Gary Johnson was in two minds about the result. “No manager is ever happy with a point, but to be fair a draw isn’t a bad result against a top team.
“Brighton have come here expecting three points and we haven’t let them despite not being at 100% ourselves.
“Every point you gain helps you later on when you play the teams around you. We mustn’t get despondent yet, I won’t be.”
After disappointing results before the international break, both managers decided to make changes, bringing in a loan signing a piece this week, and made plenty of adjustments to the starting 11.
This resulted in a debut for Scotland youth international Fraser Fyvie for Yeovil, while last season’s top scorer, Paddy Madden, was left out of the squad completely. Brighton’s new loan player, Leroy Lita had to settle for a place on the bench.
This made for a first half in which neither side could really get a foothold in the game, with Ashley Barnes missing two half chances for the visitors before Fyvie tested Tomasz Kuszczak with a free kick from 20 yards.
Unfortunately Fyvie’s debut lasted a shade over 20 minutes and just as he was starting to have an influence on the game he had to be replaced by Luke Ayling due to a shoulder injury.
Although both teams created half chances just before the interval, Sam Hoskins had the best opportunity of the half as his shot from 10 yards was palmed behind.
Overall though it was a poor half, best summed up by Craig Conway’s comical miscue from inside the box in the 26th minute.
Yeovil started the brighter in the second half, Ed Upson testing Kuszczak twice from the edge of the box, but the biggest cheer was saved for when the linesman pulled up and had to be replaced. During that break in play Brighton played their trump card, bringing on Lita for the ineffective Barnes.
The majority of the goalmouth action was saved for the final 10 minutes in which Lita went close twice for the visitors while Shane Duffy headed narrowly over from a corner.
Brighton then had the best chance of the game in injury time, when Will Buckley got goalside of the Yeovil defence before beating the onrushing Wayne Hennessey with a deft chip, but could only find the side netting.