We couldn’t quite take full momentum into the playoffs, but three straight wins and a draw isn’t bad form in anybody’s language. Yeovil too come into this match on a decent run, registering three straight wins in their last three games – although against arguably weaker opponents in Rotherham, Doncaster and the Gills (that said, we couldn’t beat Crewe!).
Wes is back for us, overcoming his ankle problem that’s kept him out of three games. Spencer Weir-Daley is also likely to feature in the squad for the first time since August having returned from his loan spell with Bradford. We remain without Tys, Agogo and Sammy who are on the long term sick list.
Yeovil are missing captain Skiverton, as he is suffering with a groin injury, and Paul Terry (brother of John) will also be missing as he recovers from knee ligament surgery. They will, however, have Steve Mildenhall in the nets – and he’s a reasonably formidible keeper – he’s only concede 12 in 23 games at Huish Park. But we can take heart that one of those 12 was, of course, to us!
Russell Slade is in charge at Yeovil, he was given the job almost a year ago when Johnson went to Bristol City. He’s a Nottingham native, and first got into coaching with our neighbours Notts County. He’s done a great job since taking over, and delivering a 5th place finish for Yeovil must be considered an undeniable success – and one he’ll have his team hungry to continue by progressing to Wembley.
We can take heart from the fact we’ve already registered two wins against Yeovil this season, and they haven’t even scored against us. Last season we did, though, have a rather humbling experience at Huish Park – which was the game that saw Gary Megson get a couple of fans into the dressing room because we were so dire!
All in all, you can study form books and squads ’til the cows come home – but occasions like this are a bit out of the ordinary. Yeovil have a good natured set of fans who get behind the team – and they’ll do so tomorrow, and I’d hedge a bet they’ll do so in numbers at the City Ground too. It’s going to be a tense and close couple of games I think, and I’m only half looking forward to it!