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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
14:54 24th June 2016
By  Andy Phillips

Yeovil Preview

Town face their penultimate home game of the season when they host Yeovil Town at Blundell Park on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

With sights now firmly set on next campaign following the 2-1 defeat to Cheltenham Town on Easter Monday, boss Russell Slade will be hoping to use the final three games to build some momentum for next season and take a look at some more of the players that he has under contract, starting the visit of his former club. 

Darren Way's side have just about secured their EFL status for next season, with them seven points away from the bottom two in 18th heading into the fixture, but they will be hoping to secure that with a convincing victory away from home at the weekend.

TEAM NEWS

Boss Russell Slade revealed in his Thursday afternoon press conference that there are no fresh injuries following the Easter period, although he may make changes to look at some of the other players at his disposal. One change to the team that will be enforced is in midfield, after the club decided that Gavin Gunning's sending off at Chelteham awill not be appealed, which means that he will be missing for the final three games of the campaign.

For Yeovil, there is only one absentee, with young goalkeeper Jonny Maddison looking likely to keep his place after making his debut over the Easter weekend in place of the injured Artur Krysiak. Other than that, boss Darren Way has a fully fit squad to choose from.
  
FORM GUIDE

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Yeovil: DDWDDDLLLW

OPPOSITION

It has been a topsy turvy few years for Yeovil Town, who have found themselves back in the lower reaches of League Two after three promotions in the space of a decade saw them go from non-league to the Championship in a meteoric rise for the club.

The Glovers were relegated back to the division in 2015 and struggled during the early part of the season under Paul Sturrock and afteer six games without a victory under Paul Sturrock, former player Darren Way was giving the job. Way, who played under Russell Slade during his time at the club so will face a reunion at the weekend, helped Yeovil stay in the EFL comfortably and was rewarded with a new three year contract as as result.  

This season has seen the club struggle for consistency but they have picked up some decent results along the way, including a victory over promotion side Plymouth Argyle in January and a point against Portsmouth at Huish Park too.   
    
Yeovil have some very experienced players on their books, including 33-year-old striker Francois Zoko, who has been a regular around the lower leagues for several years and is the club's top scorer with 13 goals in 38 games in all competitions, as well as 38-year-old captain Darren Ward, who has over 550 career experiences under his belt.  

PRE-MATCH

Russell Slade: '"The atmosphere is good, people can see there has been a change. We have tweaked one or two things and going forward, there will be more strategy and structure. I'm looking forward to the next three games, it'll give me a chance to look at everybody, but I'm also looking forward to building something here.''

Darren Way: “Us as a team have got to make sure we strive to be successful and I want to beat the 50-point barrier and finish the games strongly with wins. They’ve got some good players and have got a wealth of experience.  But every game in League Two is winnable and that’s one thing we have to make sure that we as a team believe in and go there and put on a performance.”

Watch the full pre-match press conference below.

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