Draw and loss brings mixed emotions for Glovers' boss
IN adversity we kept going. We were very disappointed with their goal of course, as anyone would be. But we're not going to give that man (Geoff Eltringham) the headline because the headline deserves to be our players and the effort and the work-rate that they put in.
To play such good football away at Hillsborough, with 22,000 people where it's like the land of the giants where everybody is 6ft 3ins tall, you've got to be aware of the barrage that's going to come in and we've done that. But then you've got to create possession and create opportunities yourselves.
If we've ever grown up in the Championship then this is it. We played 14 men against ten during the second half.
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I was really disappointed with Webby's (Byron Webster) reaction – he didn't need to look like he was throwing a punch, because they were both on the floor a little bit, but he made it look more aggressive.
Obviously he will be reprimanded, but obviously Liam (Fontaine) has come in and he's done a great job, which we knew he would.
We had to deal with a little bit, although it wasn't a barrage because we were still the better team, even with ten men. But Liam was there when we needed him and him and (Dan) Seaborne looked decent together. So that's handy for the future.
GOALS: Wednesday – Nuhiu 25. Yeovil – Ralls 64.
WEATHER: Chilly but dry.
MATCH RATING: ****
TEAM RATING: ****
BOOKINGS: Wednesday – Llera (foul), Nuhiu (ungentlemanly behaviour), J Johnson (foul). Yeovil – Edwards (dissent).
DISMISSAL: Yeovil – Webster (violent conduct).
VERDICT: Had Joe Ralls not rewarded a superb battling display from Yeovil Town's ten men we would have again been discussing another dismal afternoon from the officials. Having fallen behind and lost Byron Webster, the Glovers showed impeccable resolve to regroup and fight back. Despite being a man down, they were the better side, dominating a physical Wednesday side who could easily have ended the afternoon empty handed.
REF WATCH: Geoff Eltringham (County Durham) – Very nearly stole the headlines. Bizarrely over-ruled his assistant's offside flag, deciding Atdhe Nuhiu was not in fact interfering with play in the build-up to his goal before then playing an advantage and then booking Miguel Llera for a foul that should have seen a penalty.
WESTERN GAZETTE MAN OF THE MATCH: Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town) – When Gary Johnson said his Yeovil Town team came of age against Sheffield Wednesday, Ralls was the ideal example of that point. He revelled in the reshuffled three-man midfield and thoroughly deserved a beautifully executed first Yeovil goal.
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 7; Ayling 7, Webster 4, Seaborne 8, McAllister 7; Grant 8, Edwards 8, Upson 7, Grant 7; Hayter 7, Williams 7. Subs: Dunn (unused), Dawson (for Grant, 74), Foley (unused), Ngoo (unused), Moore (for Ralls, 90), Fontaine 8 (for Hayter, 42), Davis (unused). SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (4-4-2) – Kirkland; Spence, Llera, Zayatte, R Johnson; Palmer, Coke, Prutton, Helan; Nuhiu, Antonio. Subs: Dawson (unused), Buxton (unused), Semedo (for Prutton, 74), Maghoma (for Helan, 79), J Johnson (for Palmer, 63), McCabe (unused), Lavery (unused).
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WE are disappointed to have lost the game. We're away at Portman Road, Ipswich are going to beat some teams at this level but when we're 1-0 up we've got to be better and we've got to be more competitive.
What you saw was their experienced strikers holding it up better than we were, they're experienced full backs were getting more crosses in and their experienced midfield was getting more influence.
We just had to go through a few things with the lads as I didn't think they fought as hard as they could've done after being 1-0 up.
You've got to throw everything, you've got to squeeze up and we've got to play our game vigorously and keep the teams under pressure because there were parts of the game where I thought we did okay.
But if you give Ipswich the time and the room – or any team at this level – then of course teams are going to be clever and open you up, and that's what they were.
The boys are disappointed in there because at half time because we'd done enough to be 1-0 up. They'd had a couple of chances but we were a little bit disorganised with not enough energy in that second half. Ipswich had all the energy in that second half.
It was a fantastic goal and I don't think we had many other shots. We had a few chances, maybe half-chances, and Joe Ralls had a chance at the end.
GOALS: Ipswich – Murphy 53, Cresswell 60. Yeovil – Grant 43.
WEATHER: Persistent drizzle.
MATCH RATING: ***
TEAM RATING: ***
VERDICT: Another frustrating evening for the Glovers. Yet again, they stayed in the game for long stretches but failed to really threaten in front of goal. Despite their intuitive attacking play, they currently lack quality in the final third and faded badly after the break.
REF WATCH: Darren Deadman (Peterborough) – A quiet evening and fault-less in his decisions.
WESTERN GAZETTE MAN OF THE MATCH: Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) – His influence after the break was pivotal in the hosts' win. Hyam looked lively in the first half before combining with Cole Skuse in the second period to help give Ipswich a crucial edge.
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 8; Ayling 7, Seaborne 7, Fontaine 7, McAllister 7; Grant 7, J Edwards 6, Upson 6, Ralls 7; Hayter 6, Williams 7. Subs: Dunn (unused), Dawson (unused), Foley (unused), Moore 6 (for Hayter, 62), Hoskins (for Grant, 77), Davis 6 (for J Edwards, 70), Nana (unused). IPSWICH TOWN (4-4-2) – Gerken; Chambers, Smith, Berra, Cresswell; C Edwards, Hyam, Skuse, Tunnicliffe; Murphy, McGoldrick. Subs: Loach (unused), Hewitt (unused), Wordsworth (unused), Tabb (for Tunnicliffe, 78), Veseli (unused), Taylor (unused), Nouble (unused).
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