After a nail-biting affair between these two sides in the FA Cup earlier this season, it was somewhat of a surprise (and a disappointment) that this encounter ended in a drab goalless draw. However, it’s still a welcome point for the Glovers, who aren’t 100% safe from relegation yet.
Here are my player ratings from the match. You can tell me what you think of my choices by tweeting me on @bestteamwest or commenting on this article.
Artur Krysiak 7 – Our Polish ‘keeper had a fairly quiet game. The Cumbrian visitors only had four shots on target, with most of them being routine saves for Krysiak. However, he still had a decent game and made some impressive claims from crosses.
Jakub Sokolik 5 – I feel harsh for being too negative on Sokolik considering he was being played out of position. Unfortunately, while the hard-man dealt with the Carlisle wingers adequately, he couldn’t hold onto the ball for long enough going forward. Also, if his arm is still in a sling then why is he taking throw ins?
Nathan Smith 8 (MOTM) – Smithy was also being played out of position in the centre of defence, but dealt with his new role far more effectively. Even without Darren Ward, who was forced off early due to injury, the usual full-back was solid and dominant in the air.
Darren Ward (Replaced by Alex Lacey after 17 minutes) – Ward was looking his usual consistent self before he was subbed due to what looked like a muscle strain. Unfortunately, he wasn’t on the pitch long enough to be given a rating, but we hope that his injury isn’t serious.
Ryan Dickson 7 – Dickson is solid enough defensively, but lacks the flair to be able to beat players when attacking. He does possess a certain amount of drive, and when piling forward he becomes useful.
Ben Tozer 7 – The midfielder has had a slow start to his Yeovil Town career, although he has grown into his role in recent weeks. Playing as a deeper midfielder, his defensive work is crucial to protect a vulnerable, patched-together back four.
Matt Dolan 5 – Unfortunately, Matty Dolan has consistently looked off the pace of play this season and today was no exception. While he did add a touch of class to proceedings with placement passes and neat possession football, he doesn’t have enough influence on games.
Mark Laird 5 – Again, in drab games like this one you need your central midfielders to be able to pull the strings and produce a moment of quality at least once to make the difference. Laird never looked capable of doing this and as the game went on it seemed as if he began to tire.
Ryan Bird 5 – Many fans have been calling for Bird to be reinstated into the starting line-up, but today’s performance can be used as a big argument that he shouldn’t. He’s undoubtedly a good finisher, as he’s proved numerous times this season, but he isn’t able to hold up the ball or create his own chances. When you’re playing in the formation that Darren Way played today, this can make him look very lonely up front by himself.
Jack Compton 6 (Replaced by Leroy Lita after 78 minutes) – There were flashes of brilliance from the pacey winger, but he was never really able to get the better of Carlisle defenders. On his day he can get round players with ease, but today just wasn’t one of them.
Brandon Goodship 5 (Replaced by Shaun Jeffers after 58 minutes) – The on-loan Bournemouth striker put himself about a bit, but turned out to be totally ineffectual.
Alex Lacey (for Darren Ward after 17 minutes) 7 – Shorter and less physical than most of the players he came up against (especially Jabo Ibehre), Lacey managed to deal with the threat impressively well. While he fell into the trap of panicking on the ball a couple of times, often resulting in a Sunday League-style hoof, a little composure is all that was required to turn this performance into a great one.
Shaun Jeffers (for Brandon Goodship after 58 minutes) 6 – After his loan to Woking, it was unclear what role Jeffers had in Darren Way’s squad. Today’s performance showed that he still has a point to prove, as he looked more hungry and more eager than Goodship did all game.
Leroy Lita (for Jack Compton after 78 minutes) 8 – I was surprised to see that Lita hasn’t played more of part for YTFC since signing, and his cameo in today’s match proved that he has the composure and experience that the Glovers need. The way he held the ball up and looked to break forward showed the makings of a complete forward. Hopefully he can feature more regularly in Yeovil’s starting 11.