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Huish Park (ATT 6,873) 19th October 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: Garry Sutton

Yeovil Yeovil Town vs Brighton and Hove Albion Brighton

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Championship: Yeovil fail to score again in 0-0 draw with Brighton

Last Updated: 19/10/13 6:20pm

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Tomasz Kuszczak: Didn't have a great deal to do

Tomasz Kuszczak: Didn't have a great deal to do

Goal-shy Yeovil suffered further woe on home soil after a disappointing 0-0 stalemate with Brighton in the Sky Bet Championship.

In a match devoid of any cutting edge, the hosts showed why they remain the Sky Bet Championship's tamest outfit in front of goal, having found the net only six times in a dozen matches.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson made four changes to his side that were thrashed 4-1 at Middlesbrough before the international break, with Republic of Ireland international Paddy Madden, whose 23-goal haul fired Yeovil to promotion from League One last season, left out of the squad.

The injury-hit visitors, looking for their first win in four attempts and first goal on the road since August, started the game brightly with on-loan Cardiff midfielder Craig Conway impressing on the left flank.

Oscar Garcia's side cut through the static Yeovil rear-guard after only four minutes and came inches away from snatching an early lead when Will Buckley took advantage of a quick free kick to feed Ashley Barnes, who blazed over from close range.

Despite their opponents making the 160-mile trip to the South West, it was the Glovers who continued to look jaded with goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey keeping Albion out in the early exchanges with a smart save from Barnes's powerful header.

The hosts' brightest moments in an otherwise drab first half came through debutant Fraser Fyvie, who signed on loan from fellow Championship side Wigan this week.

A first curling free-kick was headed narrowly over by Shane Duffy, before the 20-year-old's second set piece stung the palms of Albion goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

But Fyvie's debut proved short-lived after he fell heavily under a bruising tackle from former Glover Rohan Ince, and left the field mid-way through the first half clutching his shoulder.

Brighton poured forward in a bid to take advantage of Yeovil's misfortune with Barnes and Buckley both spurning good opportunities to break the deadlock.

The Huish Park faithful were finally awoken from their slumber early in the second half when Sam Hoskins broke away promisingly, but his disappointing strike did little to worry Kuszczak in the Albion goal.

Yeovil's early effort in the second period saw confidence flow back into their veins, with midfield talisman Ed Upson breaking away from his marker before hitting a ferocious 25-yard drive straight at the goalkeeper.

Brighton brought new loan signing Leroy Lita off the bench on the hour mark in response, but it was Yeovil again who seized the initiative with Upson hitting an ambitious effort narrowly over the bar.

The Glovers came close to breaking the deadlock as the game began to peter out when Duffy headed an Upson corner over the crossbar.

But Brighton should have snatched all three points late on - with Buckley and Lita both spurning gilt-edged chances.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Watford 44 85
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 44 84
4 Norwich City 44 82
5 Derby County 44 76
6 Ipswich Town 44 75
7 Brentford 44 72
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 72
9 Blackburn Rovers 44 63
10 Charlton Athletic 44 60
11 Nottingham Forest 44 59
12 Sheffield Wednesday 44 59
13 Birmingham City 44 57
14 Cardiff City 44 56
15 Huddersfield Town 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 52
17 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
18 Fulham 44 49
19 Reading 43 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 46
21 Rotherham United 43 41
22 Millwall 44 40
23 Wigan Athletic 44 39
24 Blackpool 44 25

Match Reaction

Johnson remaining positive

Johnson remaining positive

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson refused to be too downbeat despite seeing his side slip to the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship after a drab 0-0 draw with Brighton, while Nathan Jones was pleased with the clean sheet.