Yeovil Town kept their first clean sheet of the season this afternoon as they held high-flying Tranmere Rovers to a goalless draw at a murky Prenton Park.
The Glovers restricted their hosts to just two chances in the second half and could even have snatched it late on when substitute Kieran Agard was sent away with a through ball but a covering defender came back to complete the challenge.
The result lifts the Glovers a single place in the npower League One table and the result is sure to please manager Terry Skiverton going into next weekend's trip to Preston North End.
Yeovil went into the game making two changes from the side that lost undeservedly against Sheffield United last Saturday lunchtime. Curtis Haynes-Brown sat the game out under his one-match suspension following his dismissal against the Blades and was replaced by Nathan Jones, returning from injury, while Anthony Edgar came in for striker Andy Williams, sidelined with a serious ankle injury.
The first ten minutes were pretty chanceless though there was an incident at either end. Steve MacLean was wrestled down in the box by veteran defender Ian Goodison but referee Jock Waugh denied the Glovers a spot kick while at the other end, a great last ditch tackle from defender Max Ehmer prevented a shot from Enoch Showunmi troubling keeper Jed Steer.
Big striker Mustafa Tiryaki, who was a threat aerially all afternoon, had his side's first two chances within a minute of each other but failed to trouble Jed Steer with either of them. His header from Robbie Weir's shot whistled wide then the forward headed over following an excellent cross from ex-Cheltenham winger Martin Devaney.
Gavin Williams volleyed straight at home keeper Owain fon Williams and Nathan Jones fired over from a Steve MacLean layoff as the Glovers pressed but Tranmere's bright opening continued with Tiryaki curling a shot over and Joss Labadie sending two skidding shots narrowly wide of the left hand post.
Ed Upson shot wide and then had another effort blocked by a defender as the half ended all even steven in terms of possession.
The second half was more of a battle than a thrilling spectacle though both sides forced corners with their pressure. Anthony Edgar was his usual lively self and Zoumana Bakayogo, on as a 15th minute sub for Devaney, had to throw himself to block a shot from the ex-West Ham star.
The only controversy of a well-run match by referee Jock Waugh came on fifty minutes. Paul Wotton, up for a corner, was flattened in an aerial challenge and lay prostrate on the floor holding his head in the penalty area. Referee Waugh ignored any plea for treatment and as play went up the other end, the ten men of Yeovil had to defend valiantly and Steer tipped over a header from Enoch Showunmi though the big striker was flagged offside.
Edgar then saw his shot blocked by John Welsh as Yeovil had their best spell of the match, dominating the possession and raiding down the flanks. The Glovers then created a double chance on 70 minutes when Edgar's next shot was parried by fon Williams and MacLean crossed the ball into the six yard box but it was cleared.
Steer then had to be smart to hold a cross shot from David Raven in the final twenty minutes as the game opened up for the first real time of the match. There were chances at either end in that time with Wotton testing fon Williams, Gavin Williams firing wide and Tranmere sub Lucas Akins, looking impressive, should have done better with a header that flashed wide.
Manager Terry Skiverton introduced Agard for Edgar with ten minutes left and twice in the space of three minutes, the former Everton striker could have sealed all three points. First he was put through but a covering defender stole the ball with a last ditch tackle then with two minutes left, Alan O'Brien put the youngster away again but he saw his shot saved by fon Williams.
In stoppage time, Paul Huntington cleared off the line with a header from Tiryaki's header but a point apiece was probably the right result in the end.