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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
10:33 20th April 2014
By  David Threlfall-Sykes

CRUNCH CLASH AT YEOVIL

Bank Holiday trip to Somerset for the Terriers

Town’s penultimate Sky Bet Championship away day of the season is one of the furthest – Bank Holiday Monday’s trip to Yeovil Town.

Although the Glovers currently occupy bottom spot in the League table, they have only lost two of their last eight games and kept their hopes of escaping relegation alive with a creditable goalless draw at Blackburn Rovers on Friday.

However, only one win has come in that same 10 game run and you have to go back to 8 March for their last win on home soil.

When the teams met at the John Smith’s Stadium earlier this season Yeovil took a first-half lead, but a Danny Ward-inspired Town fought back to overpower the Glovers; he netted a brace in a 5-1 win.

Officials

Referee: Stuart Attwell
Assistant Referees: Adam Hopkins and Richard Martin
Fourth Official: Richard Hulme

201314 Results

Last five

Blackburn Rovers (A) 0-0 (D)
AFC Bournemouth (H) 1-1 (D)
Charlton Athletic (A) 2-3 (L)
Blackpool (A) 2-1 (W)
Barnsley (H) 1-4 (L)

Team news

TOWN

Huddersfield Town Manager Mark Robins has Club Captain Peter Clarke available for selection after he serves a one match suspension during Friday’s draw against Brighton & Hove Albion.

However, fellow centre back Joel Lynch will serve the second of his two game ban.

Top scorer James Vaughan is out for the rest of the season following his knee operation, whereas Danny Ward is doubtful due to the hamstring injury he picked up in training on Thursday.

Defender Tommy Smith wasn’t in the squad on Good Friday due to a dead leg he picked up in training. 

YEOVIL

Striker Kieffer Moore missed Yeovil’s game on Friday due to a calf problem, whereas fellow forward Adam Morgan stayed in Somerset due to injury. 

Manager

Gary Johnson is the man who has masterminded Yeovil’s meteoric rise to the Sky Bet Championship.

After spells managing Newmarket Town, Cambridge United, Kettering Town and the Latvian national team, Johnson initially joined Yeovil in 2001 and guided them to the Football League for the first time in the Club’s history in the next four years.

Gary moved to Bristol City in September 2005 and led them to the brink of the Premier League, but left in 2010 with the Club in a mid-table position in the Championship. 

A short spell at Peterborough United preceded a spell in charge at Northampton Town, but he returned to Yeovil in January 2012. After guiding the Glovers to League 1 safety, he led them to the Championship for the first time last season. 

Recruits

Since last meeting

IN

Matteo Lanzoni – Defender – Oldham Athletic – Free Transfer
Ruben Palazuelos – Midfielder – FC Honka – Free Transfer
Tom Lawrence – Forward – Manchester United - Loan

OUT

Danny Seaborne – Defender – Coventry City – Signed
Ed Upson – Midfielder – Millwall – Undisclosed Fee
Ishmael Miller – Striker – Nottingham Forest – End of Loan
Joey Jones – Defender – Woking – Loan
Paddy Madden – Striker – Scunthorpe United – Undisclosed Fee

Key players

JOE EDWARDS

A versatile player who can line up in defence or midfield, Edwards has made more appearances for the Glovers than any other player this season and also leads the Club’s assists chart with five.

After two loan spells, he joined Yeovil permanently from Bristol City in 2013.

JAMES HAYTER

Currently Yeovil’s top scorer with seven goals, Hayter is an experienced striker. Now 35 years old, he has made over 650 appearances in his career – the majority coming for AFC Bournemouth between 1996 and 2007.

After a five year spell at Doncaster, Hayter joined Yeovil in the summer of 2012 and has gone onto net 24 goals.

MAREK STECH

Runner-up in the Club’s ‘Player of the Season’ award during the 2012/13 promotion campaign, the 24 year-old from the Czech Republic started his career in England with West Ham United but joined Yeovil permanently in 2012.

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