Sunday, 18 August 2013

Yeovil's Sam Johnstone Suffers Burnley Nightmare

Keith TraceyLOAN keeper Sam Johnstone endured a nightmare start to life at Yeovil as his gaffe gifted sub Keith Treacy the opener.


The shot-stopper only joined up with his new team-mates on the Friday night after finalising an emergency move from Manchester United.

And his afternoon was going well until he was completely fooled by winger Treacy in the 74th minute.

The wide man pinged over a cross from the left touchline and caught Johnstone out of position with the ball bending in at the near post.

And to make matters worse, the new man was beaten again five minutes later with a goal that came off the back of Sam Vokes.

Danny Ings smacked a header against the post and Scott Arfield’s follow-up drive deflected home via the big hit-man.

Johnstone did redeem himself moments later with a smart save to stop David Jones netting a third from a free-kick. And he followed that up by palming away Vokes’ header as Burnley finally showed their early-season form.

Until late on, the game was memorable for nothing more than a catalogue of misses.

Yeovil’s James Hayter started the string of clangers by failing to control a volley from 12 yards after Clarets midfielder Junior Stanislas miscued his clearance in the box.

And Vokes was just as bad, with two poor first-half finishes.

But in response, Liam Davis produced an astonishing miss in the 36th minute after Luke Ayling and Kevin Dawson had worked an opening for the Glovers.

Home keeper Tom Heaton got a hand to Dawson’s shot but nudged it to the feet of Davis six yards out and he side-footed over the bar.

Yeovil defender Dan Seaborne had an opportunity to give his side the lead before Burnley took control but nodded wide from a Davis cross.

And the Clarets would have won by a bigger margin if Ayling had not been handily placed to clear Vokes’ effort off the line.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche said: “The biggest changes were the subs. They were terrific and gave it a terrific feel. They gave us a lift.”

Yeovil chief Gary Johnson said: “We looked like a Championship team for the first 45 minutes and then it all went wrong.

“We can’t become shrinking violets.”

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