Kent based Iron fan Ryan West reflects on the 1-1 draw with Yeovil last weekend, in the latest installment of our new away days feature. If you want to contribute for a forthcoming away day please get in touch.
Another nightmare journey down south… well even deeper south for me! Bank holiday traffic & what seeemd like every farm vehicle ever made on the road saw me & the designated driver, my Dad, do 7 miles in one hour past ‘Stonehenge’. On the plus side, when we finally made it, parking next to the ground was £2. Once again I parted £25 for a League 1 game! We arrived at the ground at 14:15pm.
Yeovil is becoming a third home, after my place of residence & Glanford Park… of course. This was my 7th trip to Yeovil’s Huish Park. To be honest, this game wasn’t the most eventful I have seen here! The over priced water was refreshing along with the pie which went down a treat. Fans had the choice of standing behind the goal – always my preference on away days.
The home fans were very friendly. While queuing for my pie, one remarked, “Paddy is one hell of a player, we all know he will score”. I gave a smile but deep down I knew he was our best hope of a goal!
The game was very uneventful for long parts. Russ’ tactics were very defensive. A few early scares nearly cost us dearly however at the interval it was 0-0. Don’t be mistaken, if we were playing Preston again it would have been game over at half time!
I said before the game it would be a 1-1 draw and my prediction was spot on. In the 58th min Yeovil made a substitution and within 5 minutes it paid off. Another scrappy goal to conceed, not cutting out the ball into the box & we found themselves on the brink of another league defeat.
If anyone follows me on twitter, they will know I immediately put “1-0 Yeovil, game over”. I could see no way back for Scunthorpe, but as have seen in the past, strikers are worth their weight in gold! Some luck, some skill & a classy player…Who else!? Paddy Madden drew us level!
Paddy is a class act, a natural finisher. He didn’t have a sniff all game until that chance! We only started to play when they were 1-0 down, which was disappointing as Yeovil were average at best and were there for the taking. I said when 1-0 down, “if we lose, Russ has the Walsall game to save his job”.
I think he probably has a little more time now but I doubt very much that he will still be our manager by December.
Man of the match
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