Double defeat ends club's cup hopes and league run
PRESTON NORTH END
I THINK the score flattered them but we still got beaten 3-0 and all the circumstances that go with that. I would get a heavy fine if I said what I thought of one of the circumstances (Ed Upson's dismissal).
But I thought we started off alright and we created two or three good opportunities before they got their first one. Their small crowd were quiet and a bit disappointed with their team. Then a few fouls came in and a few bits and pieces were going on.
The two goals that they scored were quality goals. They were two good moves but the impetus was given to them at a certain point and we weren't professional enough to just stick with that.
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We've got to be a lot better in certain circumstances and certain situations, especially when we come to these places and there's pressure from all over against the opposition. You've got to be big enough and strong enough to deal with it and actually on the day we weren't. That's what we've got to be a lot better at.
I have more complaints than just the red card. I thought the officials affected the game today and it was very difficult to go beyond that and get our game going. Not only were we not playing well but there was another team not playing well either and that wasn't Preston.
GOALS: Preston - Byrom 37, Amoo 41, Robertson 71.
WEATHER: Dry but bitterly cold.
MATCH RATING: **
TEAM RATING: **
BOOKINGS: Yeovil - Marsh-Brown (foul), Hinds (foul). Preston - Monakana (foul), Keane (foul), Huntington (foul).
DISMISSAL: Yeovil - Upson (serious foul play).
VERDICT: Another FA Cup afternoon for the Glovers to forget. Once again they travelled to Preston and failed to stand up to the challenge in front of them. The Glovers initially attacked with verve but were toothless in the final third. All three of Preston's goals were easily avoidable as Yeovil capitulated at the back on three separate occasions.
REF WATCH: Andy Haines (Tyne and Wear) - Ed Upson's red card was harsh considering a similar tackle from the home team had gone unpunished, but the official's mediocrity cannot gloss over the visitors' disappointing performance.
WESTERN GAZETTE MAN OF THE MATCH: Chris Robertson (Preston North End) - A near impossible choice in a game that lacked any real quality. However, Robertson was relatively solid in defence and took his goal well to ensure his team deservedly progressed to the next round. Coupled with a clean sheet, the centre half will have been pleased.
STAR RATINGS (out of ten) are not given to Yeovil players making an appearance of fewer than 20 minutes. YEOVIL TOWN (4-4-2) - Stech 6; Blizzard 5, Burn 7, Hinds 6, McAllister 6; Marsh-Brown 5, Upson 4, Foley 5, Williams 6; Hayter 5, Madden 5. Subs: Ayling (unused), Reid (for Marsh-Brown, 63) 6, Stewart (unused), Haynes-Brown (for Hinds, 87), Agbo (unused), Brundle (unused). PRESTON NORTH END (4-4-2) - Simonsen; Keane, Huntington, Robertson, Cansdell-Sherriff; Monakana, Wroe, Byrom, Laird; King, Beavon. Subs: Stuckmann (unused), Amoo (for Cansdell-Sheriff, 11), Cummins (unused), Holmes (for Byrom, 72), Sodje (unused), Procter (for Monakana, 72), Beardsley (unused).
Shots on target
Shots off target
IT was a game of two halves, that's for sure. It was unfortunate that we came in at 1-1 at half time as we were disappointed with their first goal. We had created chances, we looked quite strong and we had plenty of running in the game.
But when Stevenage came out they made that one change and they brought on the centre forward who changed their game a bit. It allowed them to get up and put us under more committed pressure, which they didn't do in the first half.
We were aware that they were going to do that and we did explain that to the players but unfortunately there is still too much inexperience in our group to take that all on board.
They are having to have all of these experiences whilst they're learning and it is costing us a lot. We didn't create any real goalmouth instances and we didn't create anything to get the albeit small crowd behind us.
We didn't get shots and we just didn't get the opportunities which was really disappointing because we were getting those in the first half.
We didn't tell them to go out and play like that, we asked them to go out and do the same with another five or ten per cent on top to win the game. Unfortunately they weren't able to do that.
GOALS: Yeovil - Madden 8. Stevenage - Morais 3, Akins 50, Dunne 64.
MATCH RATING: ***
TEAM RATING: **
BOOKINGS: Yeovil - Johnson (foul), Williams (foul). Stevenage - none.
VERDICT: Yet another match where Yeovil Town fans left Huish Park wondering just what had happened to their team in the second half. The opening 45 minutes was an encouraging improvement on the defeat to Preston North End. The team changes seemed to make a difference and the hosts edged an even period. However, after the break they fell to pieces. More alarming defending contributed to their downfall and attacking fluency went out the window. Dreadfully disappointing.
REF WATCH: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire) - The Glovers have not had much luck with referees of late. Mr Brown was incredibly inconsistent, but thankfully often kept his cards in his pocket.
WESTERN GAZETTE MAN OF THE MATCH: Marcus Haber (Stevenage) - The substitute striker changed the game for Boro, making an immediate impact after his half-time introduction and proving a key factor in his team's second half dominance. Lively, strong and nippy, the Canadian proved a real menace.
STAR RATINGS (out of ten) are not given to Yeovil players making an appearance of fewer than 20 minutes. YEOVIL TOWN (4-4-2) - Stech 6; Edwards 5, Webster 5, Burn 6, McAllister 6; Marsh-Brown 5, Smith 5, Johnson 6, Foley 7; Madden 6, Hayter 5. Subs: Ayling (unused), Hinds (unused), Williams (for Marsh-Brown, 69) 5, Reid (for Hayter, 69) 6, Stewart (unused), Haynes-Brown (unused). STEVENAGE (4-4-2) - Arnold; Gray, N'Gala, Roberts, Charles; Tansey, Grant, Dunne, Morais; Akins, Agyemang. Subs: Day (unused), Hills (unused), Haber (for Agyemang, 46), Freeman (for Grant, 85), Rogers (unused), Lopez (unused), Risser (for Morais, 90).
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Shots off target