Yeovil Town 0-0 Notts County: Bartosz Bialkowski keeps Glovers out
Bartosz Bialkowski's heroics ensured Notts County escaped from Yeovil Town with a point in npower League One.
Yeovil had targeted closing the gap on their play-off hopeful visitors and certainly provedd the better side during a pulsating goal-less draw at Huish Park.
However, the Glovers were regularly thwarted by the impressive visiting keeper as a much-improved performance failed to be rewarded with at least a goal they deserved.
Yeovil boss Gary Johnson said: "We knew Notts County would have experience and players who have played with a lot of passion and we had to match that.
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"It was a great game for 0-0, it made for a great atmosphere and a good game - it felt like a Championship game.
"Their keeper, for me, was man of the match. Ours is good but he had to make more saves on the day."
Paddy Madden made an immediate return to the Glovers' starting XI, replacing James Hayter who dropped to the bench.
However, barely 30 seconds were on the clock when Luke Ayling entered the book for a foul on the edge of the box, Yeovil failed to clear and Marek Stech superbly denied Neal Bishop from close range.
Byron Webster headed over Gavin Williams' seventh minute corner before Ayling found his path to goal blocked by a host of County players on 12 minutes when a deep free kick fell to the far post.
On 20 minutes former Scottish international Chris Iwelumo somehow spurned a deep cross with the ball creeping harmlessly out for a goal kick.
Jamie McAllister's free kick on 28 minutes deflected off the wall for a free kick, County could not clear and Sam Foley drilled narrowly wide from the edge of the box.
On 36 minutes Bishop hit the side-netting from a wide set piece as the game continued to flow from end to end with neither side taking authority.
Three minutes before the break the Glovers attacked down the right, Foley's cross was blocked and Joe Edwards fired over. Moments later the Bristol City loanee was denied by pressure from Bartosz Bialkowski with the goal begging.
Yoann Arquin burst through on the stroke of half time but another powerful Stech save kept the ball out of the net.
The Glovers enjoyed the first chance of the second half, Williams denied by a centre half before Bialkowski pushed away Ed Upson's 20-yard shot when County failed to clear the corner.
As Yeovil continued to pile forward, County dug in and only a mass of bodies throwing themselves in front of Williams' effort kept the game goal-less on 57 minutes with Upson ready to pounce.
The home dugout were in uproar when Foley was booked for simulation as he appeared to be fouled, with referee Andrew Madley struggling to keep a lid on the game.
Moments later Bialkowski somehow clawed away Burn's goal-bound header, the header from Jamie McAllister's delivery seemingly destined for the corner of the net.
On 71 minutes Burn's slip allowed Arquin to feed Alan Judge, but he dragged inches wide to waste a golden chance.
Four minutes later Jeff Hughes' shot was deflected wide before Bialkowski again kept his team in the game at the other end on 78 minutes.
The imposing stopper did well to adjust and kick away Ayling's sweep when the full back followed up Foley's attempt.
It was to prove the last chance of an eventful draw when only the County stopper's brilliance prevented three points going either way.
Yeovil Town (4-4-2) - Stech; Ayling, Webster, Burn, McAllister; Edwards, Smith, Upson, Foley; Williams (Hayter, 76), Madden. Unused subs: Hinds, Blizzard, Reid, Stewart, Ugwu.
Bookings: Ayling (foul), Foley (simulation).
Notts County (4-5-1) - Bialkowski; Regan, Liddle, Leacock, Sheehan; Arquin (Showumni, 82), Judge, Bishop, Mahon (Zoko, 69), Hughes (Labadie, 89); Iwelumo. Unused subs: Kelly, Mitchell, Bencherif, Hollis.
Bookings: Mahon (foul), Leacock (foul), Sheehan (foul), Judge (dissent).
Ref: Andrew Madley.