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Match Result Yeovil Town 1 Portsmouth 2 (HT 0-1)
Pompey Izale MCLEOD 13 Gabor GYEPES 79
Yeovil Reuben REID 69 (pen)
Attendance: 4,769 (about 1,300 Pompey Fans)
Yeovil: Stech, McAllister, Hinds, Webester, Blizzard, Marsh-Brown, Hayter, Reid, Burn, Smith, Edwards. Subs: Ayling, Williams, Stewart, Foley, Young, Ralph, Ugwu.
Pompey: Andersen, Dumbuya, Gyepes, Michalik, Webster, Harley, Howard, Ertl, Williamson, Thomas, McLeod. Subs: Eastwood, Buzsaky, Harris, Walker, Obita, Compton.
One change from previous match for Pompey - Ertl came in for the injured Russell
PHOTO: Izale McLeod scores to put Pompey ahead against Yeovil
Match Report from the News
Gabor Gyepes was the goal hero again as Pompey grabbed a 2-1 win at Yeovil. The Hungarian bagged his second goal in as many games as Michael Appleton’s men delivered another three points at Huish Park.
Izale McLeod made the breakthrough for the Blues before Reuben Reid converted a second-half penalty. Then, Gyepes tucked away the decisive effort with 12 minutes remaining to seal a deserved win for the visitors.
There were plenty of chances for Pompey to make the breakthrough early on. Mustapha Dumbuya broke three on one after five minutes and freed McLeod, who dallied and allowed Yeovil to clear. McLeod then had a shot which Marek Stech pushed on to the post, before he gratefully gathered at the second attempt.
McLeod made the breakthrough after 13 minutes when he was put clear by Wes Thomas and ripped a shot home.
Thomas could have had a second when clean through 20 minutes later, but his shot went just wide.
Yeovil had strong penalty appeals turned down just before the break when Thomas clattered Keanu Marsh-Brown, but ref Chis Foy waved play on. But they got a spot-kick 24 minutes after the restart as Lee Williamson fouled Nathan Ralph and Reid beat Andersen.
Gyepes did the business on 78 minutes, however, with a smart finish on the turn from a corner to send nearly 1,300 soaked travelling fans home smiling.
Match Report from TrueBlueArmy
With a bound, Pompey's season was up and running! Michael Appleton has long argued that fans won't see the best of his side until the end of October, but on a rainy night at Huish Park around 1,300 Pompey fans were given a glimpse of what may well be quite a decent side.
And Appleton didn't even need to introduce recent signing Akos Buzsaky to achieve it. Instead it was his 'old guard' of Izale McLeod and Gabor Gyepes, with his second goal in as manay games, which sealed the win.
Fair enough Yeovil were poor, and in the first half as poor a side as Pompey have played this season. It wouldn't have flattered Pompey to have been 3-0 up at the break and the game over the hill and far away.
Instead it was only McLeod's smart finish after 13 minutes which separated the sides. McLeod had already seen a scuffed effort hit the post, but he gave the keeper no chance with a fine shot from the edge of the area.
After the goal, Pompey were effortlessly in control and Yeovil were largely left chasing shadows. Highly impressive was Johanes Ertl, deputising for the injured Darel Russell in midfield and taking his chance to shine.
Pompey had a scare when Yeovil claimed a penalty as the match drifted towards half time, but referee Chris Foy was having none of it.
Yeovil made a couple of substitutions with Gozie Ugwu and Lewis Young coming on, but Young was very quickly stretchered off. The home side couldn't have been as bad as thay had been however and they at last began to mount a bit of pressure on the visitors' defence, but Anderssen wasn't troubled.
Jon Harley put a great chance to open his Pompey account wide, and with 21 minutes remaining, it looked like it might prove expensive as Lee Williamson gave away a soft penalty and Reuben Reid converted.
Still Pompey looked the more likely side to win it though and, with 11 minutes remaining they rewarded their travelling army when from a corner Gyepes found himslef in the right place at the right time to thump home from close range what proved to be the winner.
Too many times in the past three or four years have Pompey fans thought their club had turned the corner. A couple of wins on the bounce is no sure sign this will be any different. Bigger challenges remain off the field to ensure the stability manager Appleton needs to ensure this side fulfils its potential.
But even if the Football League impose their ten-point penalty, Pompey are now in positive territory. The priority this season is to stay up. Even with one point on the board after ten games, this group of players looks capable of securing the 50 or so more needed to ensure that goal. Follow this up with a win at high-flying MK Dons on Saturday and the sights may be. just may be, set a little higher.
Yeovil Town v Pompey: PREVIEW
Posted by kylewhitworth ⋅ October 1, 2012 ⋅
Michael Appleton’s Pompey head to Huish Park on the back of their first home victory of the season, to face Gary Johnson’s stuttering Yeovil side who are without a win in five matches.
Pompey will be without striker Luke Rodgers, midfielder Darel Russel and the versatile Josh Thompson.
They will however be able to call on Gabor Gyepes who has trained unscathed all week. New signing Akos Buzsaky registered in time for the trip to Exeter, but is unlikely to start.
Yeovil will be without key midfield man Ed Upson after his sending off against Preston, but otherwise the Glovers have a full squad to choose from.
Pompey and Yeovil have never faced each other in competitive football, despite the Blues travelling to Huish Park on numerous occasions for pre-season friendlies.
Pompey currently sit 17th in the table on eight points, while Yeovil occupy 13th place on ten points.
Pompey last five (league only) – W L L L W
Yeovil last five – L L L L L
Likely Pompey line up: Andersen; Dumbuya, Gyepes, Michalik, Harley; Williamson, Howard, Ertl, Obita; McLeod, Thomas
Likely Yeovil line up: Stech; Ayling, McAllister, Webster, Burn; Blizzard, Reid, Williams, Smith; Edwards, Ugwu