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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
13:06 29th September 2010

TOWN GRAB POINT FROM SAINTS

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Yeovil Town produced a much improved performance to snatch a point in a 1-1 draw with Southampton at Huish Park this evening.

The Glovers went behind to a 56th minute goal from Brazilian Guly Do Prado but fought back well and levelled with an Adam Virgo penalty eight minutes later after Gavin Williams was brought down in the box.

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The goal capped a spirited showing coming three days after the debacle against Exeter City and offers more than a glimmer of hope to the diehard fans who turned up on a miserable night weather wise.

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As bad as Saturday was, manager Terry Skiverton resisted the temptation to ring the changes and just made the one alteration, bringing in Luke Ayling as deputy right back in place of Stefan Stam who dropped to the bench. The move allowed centre half Adam Virgo to move back to his preferred position in the middle.

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The home fans were off their seats in the sixth minute as Andy Williams looked to have been fouled inside the penalty area but referee Simon Hooper was having none of it and the winger endured the bird from the Saints fans for the rest of the evening.

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On fourteen minutes, after a sustained spell of high tempo Saints pressure, Rickie Lambert was desperately unlucky not to score when his vicious shot cannoned down off the underside of the crossbar and was cleared for a corner.

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Considering the drizzle and the gresy pitch, the game was surprisingly entertaining as both sides got into their groove quickly. A neat combination move between Gavin Williams, Andy Welsh and Nathan Smith saw the latter's cross headed away for a corner.

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With 34 minutes on the clock, Shaun MacDonald hit a rising shot that took a deflection and was pushed away by keeper Kelvin Davis for another corner and both Andy Williams and Welsh hit shots over from outside the box as the chances clocked up.

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As the first half closed, Dean Bowditch played a one two outside the box but could only slide the return ball wide of the upright.

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At half time, visiting manager Nigel Adkins swapped flying winger Alex Chamberlain for Guly Do Prado in a move that paid dividends ten minutes later.

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The Glovers had gone up a gear early in the second period using both flanks well but they were hit by a sucker punch eleven minutes in. Morgan Schneiderlin was allowed too much time and space outside the box and his ball in was swept home by Do Prado for his first goal of the season.

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The home fans had to wait just eight minutes for the equaliser though. Gavin Williams made a trademark burst into the box but was hauled down by Saints defender Danny Seabourne. Adam Virgo slammed the penalty into the corner to the delight of the majority of the 5,854 crowd.

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The game really opened up in the final twenty minutes with Lambert, Jason Puncheon and substitute Adam Lallana all coming close but it was far from one way traffic with Yeovil sharing possession but not creating clear chances at the end of it.

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Deep into the five minutes of stoppage time, Do Prado almost grabbed a sensational winner but his shot thumped off the base of the post and even later, Lambert had the chance to win the game with one of his special free kicks but his effort was deflected for another corner.

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So a point gained for the Glovers who slip into the drop zone after other results went against them. It was somewhat appropriate that an old fashioned centre half like Virgo should score on the night that Yeovil paid tribute to legendary defender Len Harris who sadly passed away last week.

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