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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
14:28 6th April 2010

NAYLOR DOUBLE DEFEATS GUTSY GLOVERS

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Yeovil Town made it four games without a win when they went down to a 2-1 defeat at a blowy Huish Park this afternoon.

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After being the better side for the first third of the game, Terry Skiverton's men conceded two Richard Naylor goals from set pieces in the space of seven minutes. Despite a frantic final half hour when Dean Bowditch netted his eighth goal of the season, the Glovers came away pointless from a game they deserved something from.

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The overall match outlook saw the Glovers ahead on points in the first and last segments of the match with the visitors dominating the middle part of the match.

Yeovil made two changes from the side that drew at Southend 48 hours earlier. Aidan Downes and Keiran Murtagh dropped out to be replaced by Jean-Paul Kalala and Gavin Williams, returning from injury and suspension respectively.

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The initial ten minutes saw the Glovers come out of the blocks fastest and Terrell Forbes forced keeper Shane Higgs into a smart, low save on four minutes before Kalala and Gavin Tomlin had shots blocked by some desperate defending.

The earliest Leeds chance on eleven minutes was when Robert Snodgrass placed his delicate chip on to the roof of the net, not troubling keeper Alex McCarthy in the home goal.

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Tomlin hit a thirty yard volley straight at Higgs as Yeovil controlled the game before McCarthy came to the home side's rescue parrying a Snodgrass effort away for a corner.

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As the half wore on, the impressive Tomlin was crudely dragged down by Leeds defender Neil Collins who earned the first of four yellow cards for the visitors. From the free kick, Steven Caulker headed into the side netting as the strong wind aided the hosts attacking policy.

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The killer blows came shortly after. Snodgrass was fouled thirty five yards out and captain Richard Naylor looped a header over McCarthy and into the far corner.

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The goal woke Leeds up and top scorer Jermaine Beckford spurned two chances to add a second; firstly stretching to meet a cross then slicing another golden chance wide. Max Gradel unleashed a fierce left foot shot that McCarthy did well to push away for a corner as United went in for the kill. From the flag kick, Naylor was left unmarked to head home again past a static defence.

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The second half started in a similar vein with United pushing again and forcing two quick corners from which nothing came. Gradel, Collins and Howson could all have added a third that would have ended the match but the Glovers held on despite the onslaught.

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The Leeds domination continued with McCarthy producing four stunning saves in a five minute spell. The Reading loanee keeper denied Snodgrass (twice), Beckford and Gradel with a fine display, keeping his side in it and his defence helped too with Alcock clearing one off the line from Naylor's header.

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Scott Davies was withdrawn in favour of winger Andy Welsh and the ex-Sunderland wingers introduction breathed new life into the hosts attacking thrusts. Within no more than two minutes, Bowditch cut down the left before hitting an angled shot into the far corner.

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The goal ignited both the team and the home fans in the season's highest crowd of 6,308 and the chances started to come. Shaun MacDonald hit a rising shot over the bar while Tomlin saw his goalbound header cleared off the line from a corner.

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Then Craig Alcock headed over the bar before Dean Bowditch tapped the ball into the net but Gavin Williams had been flagged offside earlier in the move.

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The visitors started losing a little discipline as they came under intense pressure from Yeovil and Beckford saw yellow for yanking down MacDonald after the Welshman had out-skilled him. Kilkenny (foul play) and Leigh Bromby (timewasting) also earned cards from referee Kevin Wright.

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Caulker pushed up front to help the forward line but despite causing havoc in the penalty area, and four minutes of stoppage time, the Glovers just couldn't quite find the equaliser that their effort and play deserved.

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