Cup drama overshadows response to Derby defeat
I THOUGHT they started very brightly, certainly much brighter than us and we never handled that. They had a couple of bits of clever play that got them in.
That's the level that we're at and if we can't see what they're just about to do and we react too late then they're going to get in. These teams are going to create problems for you.
We changed our shape (to a 4-4-2). We thought the first shape (4-5-1) was going to be more positive than it was. But unfortunately that didn't work out for us, even though it looked very good during the week.
That's what happens sometimes, some players freeze a little bit. When it comes down to it, they do very well in training, and you think 'here we go, they've got it now'. But suddenly it doesn't happen for them. So anyway, we changed it in the second half, and we gave it a little bit of a go.
Maybe we could have had a couple of decisions when it was 2-0, to give us a chance to get back into the game. We put them under pressure but the game was already won.
GOALS: Derby - Russell 41, Bryson 45, Martin 57
WEATHER: Dry and breezy.
MATCH RATING: ****
TEAM RATING: **
BOOKINGS: Yeovil - Edwards (foul). Derby - Hendrick (foul), Eustace (persistent foul play).
VERDICT: For the first time this season Yeovil Town were genuinely outclassed and outpassed by a dynamic Derby County side that made the most of a disappointing first half and a formation that clearly did not work. The hosts surprised by fielding a 4-5-1 and it was not long before that surprise turned to frustration. Half time changes and reverting to a 4-4-2 brought better from the hosts but the game was effectively over as a contest.
REF WATCH: Keith Hill (Hertfordshire) - Infuriatingly inconsistent. The Glovers did well not to entirely lose their temper with a referee who failed to spot a clear penalty amongst a string of other poor decisions.
WESTERN GAZETTE MAN OF THE MATCH: Jamie Ward (Derby County) - Lasted 69 minutes before being replaced with a knock but had already proved a key member of an outstanding Derby midfield that had helped them win the game. Was a threat on both flanks and appeared a constant menace as the hosts struggled to get to grips with their fluid movement, incision and passing game.
STAR RATINGS (out of ten) are not given to Yeovil players making an appearance of fewer than 20 minutes. YEOVIL TOWN (4-5-1) - Hennessey 8; Ayling 8; Webster 6, Tate 6, Seaborne 7; Dawson 7, Upson 7, Edwards 7, Ralls 7, Davis 7; Ngoo 5. Subs: McAllister (unused), Hayter (unused), Hoskins (unused), Madden 7 (for Ngoo, 46), Grant (for Ralls, 83), Dunn (unused), Williams 7 (for Tate, 46). DERBY COUNTY (4-1-3-2) - Grant; Freeman, Keogh, Buxton, Forsyth; Bryson; Hendrick, Hughes, Ward; Russell, Martin. Subs: Eustace (for Hendrick, 63), Legzdins (unused), Jacobs (unused), Smith (unused), Sammon (for Russell, 80), Davies (unused), Coutts (for Ward, 69).
Shots on target
Shots off target
I APOLOGISED to Lee Clark between the halves of extra time because on reflection it was ungentlemanly.
However, we just get a little bit fed up of players kicking it out for their own players here when we're trying to get a goal back. And we'd already spent four minutes trying to get four different balls back.
I wanted us to play on rather than throw it to them but I certainly didn't expect the Birmingham guy to just stand still and I didn't expect Byron Webster to hook in a goal.
Then you get 20-odd people in your face and I'm disappointed anyway that referees aren't allowed to give decisions like that where you stop people and get them to take it (the throw) again.
Time went on and there was nothing I could do about it. I spoke to Lee Clark, he understood and I decided to give that goal back.
I had this gremlin in my head about it and I said 'play on'. I didn't expect the sequence of events and then events took over.
I apologise to the Birmingham fans and I apologise to the Birmingham staff and players as well because they were disappointed.
It's a difficult thing to do, but me, Terry, Darren and Lee Clark discussed it quickly and that's what we decided to do. The players have to adhere to it and then we'll worry about it later.
GOALS: Yeovil - Upson 21, Webster 90, Ayling 105, Seaborne (pen), Dawson (pen). Birmingham - Bartley 19, Shinnie 43, Novak 106, Burke (pen), Ambrose (pen), Adeyemi (pen).
WEATHER: Dry and mild.
MATCH RATING: *****
TEAM RATING: ****
BOOKINGS: Yeovil - McAllister (foul), Webster (ungentlemanly conduct), Seaborne (ungentlemanly conduct). Birmingham - Spector (foul), Ambrose (ungentlemanly conduct), Adeyemi (ungentlemanly conduct).
VERDICT: Arguably the most incredible game of football hosted by Huish Park in its 23 years of existence. The Capital One Cup clash had it all, with Byron Webster's controversial late equaliser to Lee Novak being allowed to waltz through Yeovil's line-up to level, to penalties. Drama aside, the Glovers deserved something from the game after putting in their best performance of the season to date.
REF WATCH: Darren Sheldrake (Middlesex) - Very nearly lost control in the wake of Webster's goal but governed the game well for large stretches.
WESTERN GAZETTE MAN OF THE MATCH: Wayne Hennessey (Yeovil Town) - Impossible to fault despite having to pick the ball from his net six times. When the Glovers faltered, Hennessey was there at the rescue, making a string of incredibly important and impressive saves whilst almost becoming a penalty shoot out hero.
STAR RATINGS (out of ten) are not given to Yeovil players making an appearance of fewer than 20 minutes. YEOVIL TOWN (4-4-2) - Hennessey 9; Ayling 9, Webster 8, Seaborne 8, McAllister 7; Grant 8, Edwards 7, Upson 7, Davis 7; Moore 8, Hayter 7. Subs: Dawson (for Hayter, 79), Foley (unused), Ngoo (unused), Hoskins 7 (for Davis, 65), Tate (for Moore, 79), Ralls (unused), Dunn (unused). BIRMINGHAM CITY (4-4-2) - Doyle; Eardley, Bartley, Burn, Robinson; Burke, Spector, Adeyemi, Shinnie; Green, Novak. Subs: Mullins (unused), Ambrose (for Shinnie, 87), Elliott (unused), Reilly (unused), Allen (for Green, 77), Lee (unused), Townsend (unused).
Shots on target
Shots off target