Championship
YeovilYeovil Town0BrightonBrighton & Hove Albion0

Yeovil Town 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion

Wayne Hennessey

Yeovil dropped to the bottom of the Championship league table after a goalless draw against Brighton.

The visitors created the best early chances but Ashley Barnes shot over from close range and Will Buckley missed the target when well placed.

Yeovil had a late opportunity to score a winner but Shane Duffy headed an Ed Upson corner narrowly over the crossbar.

The Glovers have now failed to win in 11 Championship matches.

Yeovil, competing in the second tier of English football for the first season, won their opening game at this level, 1-0 at Millwall on 3 August, but have not won a league match since.

They were indebted to goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey as he blocked Barnes's powerful header and saved a powerful effort from Upson as both sides struggled to hit the target.

Midfielder Fraser Fyvie was making his Yeovil debut after joining on a loan deal until 1 January from fellow championship Club Wigan, but his day ended in disappointment as he had to be substituted after suffering a shoulder injury.

Yeovil have only scored six goals from their 12 league matches, the worst goalscoring record in the Football League, and drop to 24th in the table after Barnsley, who had been bottom, defeated Middlesbrough 3-2.

Brighton, who lost in the 2012-13 Championship play-offs, are now in 14th position, eight points behind sixth-placed Reading.

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson:

"I don't think either side deserved to lose. It was a cagey game, but when you come up against a team like Brighton, who were only one or two games away from the Premier League last year, then you mustn't be too disappointed with a point.

"We may have gone bottom of the league, but we're gaining experience against these types of teams who keep the ball and are clever.

"It's a bit early to be worrying about league position, but we've got to gradually push our way out of the bottom three."

Brighton assistant head coach Nathan Jones:

"We were a little disappointed as we felt we did enough to win the game. We had enough possession and enough chances.

"Anyone who has watched us for the last two months have seen that we create enough chances, but we've got players like Craig Mackail-Smith and Will Hoskins out injured.

"We're missing that goalscorer to win us games."

Line-ups

Yeovil

  • 27Hennessey
  • 4Edwards
  • 3McAllisterBooked at 76mins
  • 8Upson
  • 5Webster
  • 15Duffy
  • 7DawsonBooked at 5mins
  • 11FyvieSubstituted forAylingat 22'minutes
  • 9HayterBooked at 45minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 68'minutes
  • 14HoskinsBooked at 45mins
  • 21DavisSubstituted forGrantat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Ayling
  • 6Seaborne
  • 13Moore
  • 20Fontaine
  • 23Grant
  • 24Dunn
  • 28Williams

Brighton

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2BrunoBooked at 86mins
  • 17WardBooked at 28mins
  • 4Andrews
  • 3Greer
  • 20Upson
  • 8Crofts
  • 38InceBooked at 11minsSubstituted forLópez Morenoat 45'minutes
  • 9BarnesSubstituted forLitaat 59'minutes
  • 30Buckley
  • 23ConwaySubstituted forForster-Caskeyat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6El-Abd
  • 14Calderón
  • 16Ankergren
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 21López Moreno
  • 27March
  • 44Lita
Referee:
Garry Sutton
Attendance:
6,873

Match Stats

Home TeamYeovilAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home16
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home18
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Yeovil Town 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Yeovil Town 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  4. Post update

    Andy Williams (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Leroy Lita.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Hoskins (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andy Williams (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Edwards with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Edward Upson with a cross following a set piece situation.

  9. Booking

    Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  11. Post update

    Edward Upson (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leroy Lita (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by William Buckley following a fast break.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  14. Post update

    Sam Hoskins (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leroy Lita (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David López.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jake Forster-Caskey replaces Craig Conway.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Leroy Lita (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  18. Post update

    Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sam Hoskins (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin Dawson.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Andrew Crofts.