Yeovil. That’s a word that sticks in the craw doesn’t it? Which is a shame, I like Yeovil as a club, they play decent football, seem to have a great team spirit, and in Russell Slade a canny manager – and frankly, we don’t have anyone to blame but ourselves for the playoff debacle against them. But even still, their name has become synonymous with it, and whilst I think ‘going for revenge’ isn’t appropriate, I would hope the boys would be looking to vindicate a few things.
We’re on a good run in the league (let’s make like Smoulds and gloss over the Yeovil-esque capitulation to Leicester in the cup!), on the back of two wins – and a resounding one in the last game against Gillingham. This is the kind of thing we need to be continuing – after a slow start to the league things are shaping up nicely, with Cohen shining in the middle, he has the opportunity to do so at his old club – he’s already spoken of his fondness for the Somerset team.
His compadre Aaron Davies is still unlikely to feature – and our centreback-made-rightback-made-goalmachine Luke Chambers also looks an unlikely participant, with James Perch being favoured to step in at right back. Of course, Matt Lockwood as I mentioned yesterday has rapidly reinjured himself (why do I find myself thinking of Davy Oyen?) so won’t be featuring either – so expect the robust and forthright Bennett to retain his place without challenge.
Yeovil aren’t doing too badly this season, although not particularly well at home – given our recent record at Huish Park (well, okay, last season then!), it’s been quite a profitable hunting ground if not necessarily in terms of quality performances. It’s a real opportunity for Forest to lay a ghost to rest early in the season, so like all reds I’ll be hoping that we have the wherewithall to do just that – but Yeovil won’t make it easy for us.