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PREVIEW: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

28 December 2013

Northern Glover Ben Barrett previews the trip to Huddersfield.

Yeovil Town are back in Sky Bet Championship action this Sunday, no more than 72 hours after their boxing days fixture.

It's a long away day for the Glovers as they make the trip to Yorkshire to take on Huddersfield Town.

Despite the game taking place on a Sunday, the kick off remains at 3pm.

Yeovil probably would have wanted a quick turnaround into a new fixture following boxing day's 3-0 drubbing down at Dean Court. Gary Johnson and a number of players have been quoted as admitting that things didn't go the Glovers' way and that the next fixture would be the ideal chance to put things right.

What it does mean is that Yeovil have now lost two on the bounce, but it hasn't done much damage to the table, Yeovil still lie in 23rd and a single win could get them out of the drop zone.

One thing is for sure, and changes are on the agenda again as Gary Johnson is forced to shuffle his pack. Luke Ayling is available again after suspension and it's hoped that Byron Webster should be back in contention if he has recovered in time from injury.

Defenders will be needed as Shane Duffy will miss the trip to Huddersfield after his first loan spell came to an end.

The better news is that he has confirmed that once January 1st comes round, he'll be a Glover once more for the rest of the campaign.

Liam Fontaine is set to keep his place in the heart of defence, it just remains to see who will partner him.

Fontaine's inclusion means that one of the other Loanees will have to miss out again, it was Adam Morgan on boxing day, who took the 'Unlucky sixth' title.

Better news in this department too, Morgan's loan will become a permanent contract on January the 1st too, allowing all the other loans a place in the squad.

For Huddersfield, they will be boyed by a positive performance and result against high-flying Derby County on Thursday. The game may have ended 1-1, but those who watched the game commented on how The Tykes were by far the better side.

That may have been a positive, but Mark Robin's side are actually without a win in their last four outings.

The Yorkshire side are sweating on the fitness of both star striker James Vaughan and Defender Anthony Gerrard who both picked up knocks on Boxing Day.

Like Yeovil's previous opponents, Huddersfield sit a little lower in the table than they'd like to, they are currently 14th in the table, too low to be knocking at the door for the top 6, but not too high to be safe from looking over their shoulders.

A Yeovil win would put the Glovers within just eight points of their opponents and would be hoping to pull them into the scrap at the foot of the table.

With the two clubs having spent a lot of time in the football league recently, it's no surprise that they have met each other on a number of occasions.

Huddersfield do have the best of the head-to-head record and did the double over Yeovil when the sides last met in the 2011/12 season.

Yeovil, do however have some memorable moments to call upon at the John Smith's Galpharm Stadium;

Phil Jevons secured the Glovers place in League One with a brace at the end of the 2005/06 season.

As well as that, a Keiran Murtagh wonder goal after a few minutes wasn't enough for the win back in 2009.

But it was during that season that Yeovil secured their last win over Huddersfield, Shaun MacDonald scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win.

It's a long trip taking in the delights of the M5 and the M1 for the Glovers faithful, and tickets are available on the day for those who might make the decision to travel late on.

If you're back in Somerset or exiled elsewhere, BBC Somerset, Glovers Player and all the social media outlets will have the game as post-match action covered.

It's worth noting that the New Year's Day fixture against Watford is the final chance you have to save up to £5 on the price of a match-day ticket when buying online in advance. See YTFC.net for all the details.

Famous Fans.
Star Trek Legend, Patrick Stewart. Actress Zoe Lucker, as well as Nora Batty herself from Last of the Summer wine, Kathy Staff.

A Foot in Both Camps.
Simon Church, Lee Peltier, Phil Jevons, Lee Morris, Jon Worthington and Tykes' legend Danny Schofield.

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