I suppose there will be the usual claims that tomorrow’s fixture is a “must win” game. I suspect that this time it is – but for Yeovil, rather than us, as the other teams fixtures are in our favour, with four of them away from home..
A defeat for the West County team tomorrow will drag them well and truly into the relegation mire, as we will overtake them. Of the other teams in the mix, Bristol Rovers are at home to high flying Huddersfield., Plymouth away at Hartlepool, Dagenham away at an increasingly looking doomed Swindon, Tranmere away at leaders Brighton and Notts County away at Sheffield Wednesday. This could well be a pivotal day in the fight at the bottom.
Dean Smith will, unfortunately, be without the services of Aaron Lescott. The much criticised full back has been in a fairly consistent spell at the moment and his replacement, Westlake, looked far from comfortable on Tuesday night, proving yet again that there is no substitute for experience in the situation we find ourselves. Whether he thinks about moving Taundry to right back, say, and bringing in Byfield, who completed a full 90 minutes in a behind the scenes friendly in the week, with Ledesma out wide, remains to be seen, but that too would be a risk, as I’ve never been convinced by Taundry as a full back and the more Ledesma is on the ball, the better. It might, however, address the current lack of goals.
Yeovil are likely to be without Paul Wotton for the game.
Wotton was substituted five minutes into Saturday`s draw with Huddersfield due to a hamstring injury and missed the return to his old club Southampton on Tuesday. The veteran midfielder is a major doubt for the match, with Ed Upson likely to start.
Skiverton, who has this week opened talks over a contract extension at Huish Park, could also be without defender Paul Huntington and goalkeeper Stephen Henderson, who are both struggling with injuries.
Huntington missed the game at St Mary’s with a toe injury and was replaced by the versatile Adam Virgo while Henderson ended the 3-0 defeat unable to kick the ball.
On-loan striker Oli Johnson may keep his place up front
Yeovil’s home record is won 5, drawn 3 and lost 8 (actually worse than ours!). In those 16 games, they have scored just 16 goals and six of those were against two sides, Swindon and Tranmere! I think this is one of our best remaining chances of an away win this season.