Second half fight prevents headline from being stolen
THANK goodness for Joe Ralls and that sweet finish that means yet another one of my columns isn't entirely dominated by refereeing decisions.
Had the Cardiff City loanee not so sublimely thumped home during Saturday's second half at Sheffield Wednesday I would have risked sounding like a broken record for the next 600-or-so words, droning on about misfortune.
Not only did Ralls end a Yeovil Town wait for a second Sky Bet Championship goal that had stretched seven hours and six minutes, but he ensured that, at last, the Glovers were involved in a score line that better resembled what had unfolded in front of our eyes
Those maybe expecting or thinking referee Geoff Eltringham and his assistant Paul Cook will escape flack for their influence at Hillsborough should fear not, I'll get on to them in due course.
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But, the limelight and focus from the weekend deserves to be on the valiant battle from Yeovil's ten men involved in yet another eventful clash with the Owls.
Meetings between Wednesday and Yeovil always appear to conjure up drama – Kieran Agard's goal at Huish Park and Luke Ayling's and Adam Virgo's dismissals within minutes of each other two prime examples.
And similar to that midweek night where Trevor Kettle again hardly endeared himself on Yeovil fans, the Glovers again revelled in adversity to earn a draw.
Prior to Saturday, Gary Johnson's men had only genuinely been outclassed once since promotion and that was against Derby County last month.
In every other outing they had shown promise and ability only to be hamstrung by naivety, a lack of cutting edge in the final third or matters out of their control.
For almost an hour in South Yorkshire there was nothing to suggest otherwise. The Glovers conceded a goal where the referee and his assistant played a crucial role.
Clearly frustrated by the way the game was going, the red mist then descended in front of Byron Webster's eyes and he was – quite rightly – dismissed for lashing out at scorer Atdhe Nuhiu.
When the half time whistle blew there were a few nagging thoughts as to just how the Glovers could hold on against a relatively well-drilled, tall and physical Wednesday side.
However, it seemed to bring the best from the visitors.
They more than stepped up to the plate, every one of the ten men understood their increased collective responsibility and they equalised in style before nullifying the Owls' attack.
Boos at full time were replaced by the host fans applauding Yeovil from the field, fully appreciating the remarkable performance they had witnessed from the away side.
Although clearly irritated by Webster's red and the Wednesday opener, Johnson was purring with delight at how his team refused to roll over.
They not only matched the home team but they largely bettered them and showed an immense determination to stick to their proven philosophy whilst stubbornly failing to accept they were at a numerical disadvantage.
If ever they needed a coming of age, this was it. The goals may not have flowed but the chances were created and Chris Kirkland had to be on top form to keep Yeovil's tally down to one.
Whereas there were few complaints with the sending off, for the umpteenth time we are left discussing another bizarre hour and a half from the officials.
Johnson, tongue-in-cheek, suggested the Glovers were up against 14 men on Saturday. It's easy to sympathise with his annoyance.
When Wednesday unlocked Yeovil's defence with a fine through ball, Mr Cook's flag shot up, and stayed up as Michail Antonio then overlapped and side-footed for the originally 'offside' Nuhiu to tap in.
However, by the time the Albanian delivered the killer touch that flag had disappeared and after a short debate Mr Eltringham somehow decided that Nuhiu – who he surely would have had no idea was definitely the man in question – was not interfering with play.
Yeovil maybe should have stuck to the schoolboy lesson of playing to the whistle, but when Mr Cook had his flag in the air for so long you expect play to stop.
Once again we find ourselves drifting away from the highlights of the afternoon.
Yeovil should be judged on what they can control and how they influence proceedings. One indiscretion aside, they showed their Championship colours and a lionhearted desire.