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PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V MILLWALL

10 February 2014

Ben Barrett previews the home match versus Millwall.

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet Championship action on Tuesday night as the visit of Millwall might be one of the most important matches of the season.

The Glovers, still 24th, entertain the Londoners who sit one place outside the dreaded drop zone.

Victory for Yeovil will half the deficit in points between the two sides and bring some much needed momentum back to the survival campaign.

Yeovil would jump to 23 points and still have one game in hand over all of their rivals, apart from Barnsley and Charlton.

If you've all got your cliché bingo cards at the ready, the Yeovil players and staff could be forgiven if "must win" and "six pointer" are uttered through the corridors of Huish Park.

It's a quick turnaround for the squads who both had fixtures at the weekend, Yeovil let a 1-0 lead slip at home to Leeds while Millwall made the long trip to Burnley only to come away empty handed from a 3-1 defeat.

Before the weekend, Millwall's form card doesn't make for the best reading, defeats against Leicester, Huddersfield and Reading have all sandwiched their only recent points; a win against Ipswich and a draw against Sheffield Wednesday.

Their away form is possibly even grimmer reading, since their last win on their travels back in September, the Lions have only gained two points on the road, even exiting the FA Cup away to League Two Southend.

We better mention their goal difference too, the worst in the entire division at -28.

Those sort of statistics is enough to give any Yeovil fan some optimism going into the big clash.

However, they did do some good business in January.

Ian Holloway made no secret of his desire to strengthen his squad and he did just that, adding striker Simeon Jackson and of course a certain midfielder... Ed Upson.

Upson made 24 appearances in a Yeovil shirt this season and scored four goals, including the first one of the season, a dramatic last minute winner, against Millwall.

However, the play-off semi final hero made the decision to head to the New Den on transfer deadline day.

As an aside, Ed won't be available for selection on Tuesday due to a clause agreed between to the clubs as part of the deal.

Ed was brought to the club to cover the loss of Liam Trotter who departed for Bolton.

One other player who will be missing is defender Shane Lowery, he was sent off against Sheffield Wednesday at the end of last month and is still suspended.

That last gasp goal from Upson for his old employers against his new employers was the big moment of the game the last time the clubs met.

It was the opening day of the current season and Millwall hosted Yeovil's first ever match at Championship level.

Other recent meetings between the clubs have come at League One level; in 2009/10 the club exchanged draws in the two fixtures, a 0-0 in London and Dean Bowditch scoring in a 1-1 at Huish Park.

The season before that saw yet another draw at the New Dean but a much better 2-0 win at home, Jon Obika and Gavin Tomlin on target that day.

However, that is about it for positive Yeovil results in this fixture, only one other draw back in 2006 worth mentioning since we joined the Football League.

On the injury front, Liam Davis had half a chance of making the squad for Saturday, but missed out. It's hoped he has a better chance for this one after a couple of extra days off and Joe Ralls, who also missed Saturday, may need the extra time too.

Positivity is the order of the day for the fixture and the Glovers' faithful are a massive part of that, so Huish Park need to have one of it's special 'under-the-lights' atmospheres.

Tickets for this game are available right up until kick off via all the usual outlets, but as ever, you can save time, money and hassle by purchasing in advance.

The weather and travel advice is the same as that on Saturday. Allow suitable time to make your journey to Huish Park and make sure your journey is a safe and passable one.

Local radio stations are the best source of information that will help you on your journey to support the Glovers.

So, if you can, make Huish Park a fortress over the next few games, it could be a pivotal few games and you don't want to miss it.

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