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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
11:52 14th April 2010

LATE LEVELLER DENIES GLOVERS

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An equaliser deep into stoppage time from ex-Yeovil striker Jon Obika robbed a Yeovil Town side of all three points against a Millwall side under the cosh for large parts of the game.

Dean Bowditch had given the Glovers a first half lead with his tenth of the season but the late heartbreak was cruel luck for an impressive Yeovil.

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Manager Terry Skiverton opted to stick with the eleven that won 3-1 at Stockport on Saturday meaning that he began with the 4-4-1-1 formation employing Gavin Williams just behind Dean Bowditch.

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It was Millwall's potent strikeforce of Neil Harris and Steve Morison who combined with Danny Schofield to set up the first chance of the game but Morison shanked his shot badly.

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The game was being played mainly in midfield and was a little scrappy in the opening twenty minutes with neither side forcing the other's keeper into anything resembling a save. Niggles, trips and holding back was the order of the day and Harris was lucky not to earn an early yellow when he pushed Jean-Paul Kalala in order to take a quick free kick.

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Yeovil started to step up the pressure and Shaun MacDonald had their first sight of goal but scuffed his shot wide of David Forde's left hand post.

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The Glovers won two quick corners halfway through the half and shortly after the second of them, took the lead. Williams, providing another man-of-the-match performance, intercepted a pass, powered through before pulling the ball back for top scorer Bowditch to sweep the ball high into the net for his tenth goal of the season.

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Williams almost added an outrageous second three minutes later when his audacious shot from way out right whizzed past the far post and the on-loan Bristol City star then saw his free kick from just outside the penalty area blocked.

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Andy Welsh then got in the act with a right footed shot that Forde spilled from his grasp and Gavin Tomlin joined in with another low effort that was gathered by Forde.

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Millwall chances were rarer than hen's teeth though Morison did have a half chance with a header that went straight to Alex McCarthy's clutches.

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Such was Yeovil's high tempo that it was forcing their back line and midfield into silly mistakes and manager Kenny Jackett into making all three substitutes within twenty minutes of the restart. The second of these, on 52 minutes, brought Jon Obika on to face the team he left earlier this season.

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MacDonald nearly brought the house down halfway through the second half when his rampaging 50-yard run created space for a shot that went wide of Forde's left hand post.

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Craig Alcock headed just wide from another Welsh corner and it seemed a matter of time before the Glovers added a second goal that their play had deserved.

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Welsh and Millwall's Scott Barron both had opportunities that were spurned and the Lions gradually started getting back into the game with their best period of the match.

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Welsh went off to be replaced by Aidan Downes with ten minutes left and as the atmosphere cranked up a few notches, the game became more and more stretched for both sides.

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Finally, three minutes into the four of stoppage time, a scramble in the box saw Obika back-header a leveller that was scarcely deserved leaving Yeovil with just one point instead of the full three.

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