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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
17:00 19th October 2013
By  Adam Tighe

Report: Yeovil 0 Albion 0

Albion ground out a goalless draw against Yeovil Town in an even contest at Huish Park.

Both sides had opportunities to claim the three points with new signing Leroy Lita and Will Buckley coming closest for the Seagulls.

Tomasz Kuszczak also made a number of saves to frustrate the hosts as Albion kept their fourth clean sheet in five away fixtures.

Ashley Barnes had two early sights of goal; first Buckley’s drilled cross was turned over by the striker, before a glancing header three minutes later was well held by Wayne Hennessey. 

Albion had started the stronger but Yeovil’s Shane Duffy may have been disappointed not have put his header on target from debutant Fraser Fyvie’s free-kick.

The hosts gained some renewed confidence after a shaky start and Fyvie produced a fine low free-kick that was beaten away by Kuszczak, however the Glovers’ latest addition lasted just 22 minutes as injury curtailed his afternoon.

Buckley’s cheeky outside-of-the-boot cross nearly sneaked inside the post, before Sam Hoskins drew another good stop out of Kuszczak with Byron Webster heading over from the resulting corner.

Hennessey’s bravery was all that stood between Albion and the lead on 42 minutes, as Craig Conway’s whipped cross fell kindly for Barnes, but the outstretched striker was foiled by the fearlessness of the Glovers keeper.

Yeovil had the first opening after the break as Hoskins’ low drive was easily collected by Kuszczak and the Pole had to be alert once more to beat away Edward Upson’s stinging drive.

Just before the hour mark Seagulls fans welcomed Lita onto the pitch for his debut, replacing Barnes, and the loanee almost made an immediate impact as his close-range, off-balance shot-on-the-turn was blocked.

Duffy came close again, heading onto the roof of Kuszczak’s net, but with eight minutes to go it seemed Albion had fashioned a winner; Conway slipped through Buckley but the winger’s dink over Hennessey rippled the side netting.

Hoskins tested Kuszczak again in an instant response from Gary Johnson’s men before Lita flashed a powerful drive wide and another effort over the bar in a fraught closing period.

Duffy skimmed the outside of the post with a flicked header for the hosts and Hoskins’ acrobatic effort dropped over before Buckley powered wide deep into injury time, but neither side could find a winner.

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