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Yeovil Preview

Andy Phillips previews the visit of Yeovil Town on Saturday afternoon.

15 September 2017

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Russell Slade

Town welcome Yeovil Town to Blundell Park on Saturday afternoon (3pm), as the Mariners look to pick up their third victory in four games.

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Tuesday night's 2-1 victory at Accrington Stanley was a terrific response to the defeat at Mansfield Town four days prior, and after beating Crewe Alexandra 1-0 in their last home game, Russell Slade's men will be looking start to put together a run of form to get themselves up the table with the season still at an early stage.

Town nursing knocks

Town will monitor the fitness of several players that are nursing knocks after the game on Tuesday night, with Mitch Rose, who went off with a hamstring injury at Accrington, ruled by boss Russell Slade as the most likely to miss out. Nathan Clarke suffered an injury but is expected to be fit for the game.

In terms of other injuries, Zak Mills will continue to miss out with a hamstring injury, whilst Chris Clements is continuing to try and get back to full fitness after missing pre-season.

Loan striker Olufela Olomola could miss out for the Glovers after he sat out Tuesday's clash with Morecambe, and he is the only real injury worry known for Darren Way's side. Winger Rhys Browne, who left Town earlier in the summer, could start for the visitors.

Yeovil looking for improvement 

Yeovil will be looking for a better season after a 20th placed finish last campaign and they are slowly showing signs of that after a difficult first game of the season.

The Glovers lost 8-2 at Luton Town on the opening day and have picked up pairs of wins, draws and losses since, with their last fixture seeing them lose a 2-0 lead slip at home to Morecambe in a 2-2 draw on Tuesday night. 

It has been a difficult few years for the club after a meteoric rise from the National League up to the Championship under last decade but manager Darren Way seems to have stabilised things since arriving in December 2015.

Way led Yeovil to safety in his first season after they were rock bottom when he took over and was awarded with a three-year contract as a result and he showed his ambition over the summer by bringing in no less than 13 players over the summer.

The majority of those players give the team a youthful outlook, and that means the experienced players, such as Ivorian striker Francois Zoko have more responsibiliy. Zoko has hit four goals in seven games so far and has been a regular at this level for years, whilst former Manchester United youngster Otis Khan is another with goals in him having scored eight from midfield last year.  

A win and a draw for the Mariners last campaign 

The sides met at Huish Park in an uneventful goalless draw last October before the return fixture in April saw one of Russell Slade's most satisfying performances since returning to the club.

The Mariners picked up a 4-2 victory over the Glovers in their final home game of the season, with a Sam Jones penalty and further goals from Chris Clements, Scott Vernon and Jamey Osborne sealing the win in an encouraging attacking display.

The two sides have only met four times in their history, with Town having won two of those encounters and Yeovil once as well as the aforementioned 0-0 stalemate. 

Managers in summary

Russell Slade: ''I think it's imperative that you're strong at home so we want it to be unpleasant and we want it to be a fortress. We haven't achieved that yet but there's momentum to be gained from what we're doing and let's hope we can get the result we want on Saturday and that'll be three wins in four. They've got a lot of new players, the turnover of players in this league is very high and apart from Nathan Smith at the back, I think they've changed the midfield and they've retained Zoko up front so other than maybe three players, I think it's a very different Yeovil side to the one we played at the back end of last season.''

Darren Way: "They’re a good team, but very physical. I had Russ as my manager here so I know the way he gets his team to play. We know their strengths but at the same time know their weaknesses, so it's important we try to capitalise on those weaknesses. We've done our homework and put a lot of work in on the training ground, so it's important the players trust and believe in the system we're playing."


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