Yeovil Town 1 Rochdale 0

Last updated : 10 January 2004 By Footymad Previewer

Yeovil bounced back from their FA Cup defeat against Liverpool with three precious points to keep them on the trail of promotion for the second successive season. But they had to work hard to beat a Rochdale team revitalised by the return of Steve Parkin for a second spell as manager.

Parkin was without the suspended Michael Simpkins and also Leo Bertos, who was on international duty with New Zealand.

"In the circumstances we did quite well and the lads gave everything but I thought Yeovil were the better side and there are obviously areas we have to improve," Parkin admitted.

Parkin said he realised Yeovil would play the ball to the feet of their front two. "In those circumstances I was disappointed that we got caught out by a 50 yard pass which gave them their goal," he added.

It came in the 13th minute when Yeovil skipper Terry Skiverton hit a long ball from the back and Gavin Williams left defender Wayne Evans on his back before sliding the ball inside Neil Edwards' right hand post.

Yeovil continued to press but the second goal eluded them. Kevin Gall and Lee Johnson both had opportunities to double the score before half time and in the second half Paul Terry and Williams also failed to hit the target when Yeovil might have scored.

Despite their bright approach work Rochdale failed to create clear chances but in the 69th minute they almost snatched an equaliser.

Substitute Kevin Townson spotted Chris Weale off his line and a lob from 30 yards bounced to safety off the top of the bar.

Yeovil's manager Gary Johnson said: "The one thing I didn't want to see were headlines about "after the Lord Mayor's Show".

"It was difficult for my lads but they picked themselves up well after the Liverpool game and came within a foot or two of winning by three or four."