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PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V SHEFFIELD UNITED

13 April 2015


Yeovil Town are back in Sky Bet League One action this coming Tuesday when the Glovers host Sheffield United with a 7:45pm kick off.

Paul Sturrock takes charge of his Yeovil side for the second time inside four days and will be looking to pass judgement on the squad at the season comes to an end.

With four league games plus the Somerset Premier Cup matches left for Sturrock to mould his philosophy onto the side - as well as make some longer term decisions on who may stay or who may go - time is of the essence for the former Plymouth boss.

Following the 1-1 draw with Notts County on Saturday, relegation was confirmed with the Glovers only able to amass a maximum of 46 points before the season closes, Crawley, one place above the drop zone have 47 and now cannot be caught.

Sturrock has suggested he may make a few changes to his side to give him a chance to run the rule over a few extra bodies before the season ends.

That shouldn't, however, be a weakened side with nearly all of the first team squad available to pick from.

The obvious exceptions are the long term absentees, Joe Edwards, Simon Gillett, Kevin Dawson and Adam Morgan.

As a side note, that's quite a good midfield four sitting out the rest of the season through injury.

The likes of Chris Weale and Liam Davis are forever edging closer to being available for selection.

As with recent weeks, the situation of loan players remains a constant headache for the Glovers gaffer.

There are six loans on the books at Huish Park and only five can play, Ben Nugent - on a temporary deal from Cardiff - has been the 'sixth' loan of late and missed out on the match day squad.

The visitors on Tuesday come to Huish Park off the back of a draw, too. They shared the points with Oldham on Saturday, a game which ended 2-2.

United were 2-0 down at half time before a second half revival secured a point. Goals from Jason Holt and Jamie Murphy late on secured a share of the spoils.

The Blades sit comfortably in the play off places in 5th place. There is an eight point gap to Rochdale in 7th and a 13 point gap to Preston in second, suggesting another crack at the end of season show down is almost guaranteed.

They'll want to finish in the highest possible place, however, to ensure a favourable draw in the play off semi finals.

Nigel Clough's men travel to Somerset with some decent form behind them suffering only one defeat in the last month.

That was a 2-1 reverse at the hands of Crewe at the end of March.

In and around that result have been impressive wins against Barnsley, Doncaster and a 4-0 drubbing of Scunthorpe.

Sheffield United have been sharing the goals out this season and have no fewer than three joint top goalscorers, Murphy, Jose Baxter and Marc McNulty all have 12 goals to their name this season.

Nigel Clough could name one former Glovers hero in his squad this Tuesday as defender Craig Alcock now plies his trade in Yorkshire.

Alcock, who has been named in all positions across the back four this season, has played 20 times during his first campaign at Brammall Lane.

One of those appearances came when Yeovil travelled to Brammall Lane in October.

The game also took place on a Tuesday night with United coming out on top in a 2-0 win.

It was those two men again, Murphy and McNulty who scored the goals.

The Glovers' side that day included a number of players who won't appear on Tuesday, including Ryan Inniss and Jordy Hiwula whose loans have expired and the injured quartet of Davis, Dawson, Edwards and Gillett.

Showing just how much a side can change even within a 6-month spell.

Prior to that, the last meeting between the sides was a very memorable one for the Glovers' faithful.

The play-off semi final of 2013 paired the two clubs together and Yeovil came out on top.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, goals from Kevin Dawson and Ed Upson turned the tie on it's head.

Yeovil would progress to Wembley and eventually secure promotion to the Championship.

The league games from the same season were also shared one a piece; a 1-0 Blades win at Huish Park before a 2-0 Yeovil win in South Yorkshire.

Paddy Madden at the double on that occasion.

But those dizzy heights seem a long way away now, relegation to League Two has been confirmed for Yeovil and so this match serves as a clean slate from which Paul Sturrock can work from.

You can be there, along with the 400-500 travelling support, at Huish Park to cheer on the lads.

Tickets are available from all the usual sources.

Click Here for the online ticket purchase facility, call now on 01935c847888 or pop down to the stadium in person to see one of our lovely staff.

If you can't be at the game, never fear, Glovers Player will have full commentary and the highlights, along with post match reaction available on YouTube just as soon as possible.

League Two may be confirmed for next season, but League One isn't over just yet, come out and support this new era under Paul Sturrock for the penultimate time at Huish Park.

Famous Fans: Sean Bean and TV presenter Charlie Webster.

A Foot in Both Camps: Craig Alcock, Lee Morris, Marcus Williams and Colin Addison played for the Blades before starting his managerial career.

Did you know: Sheffield is the home of the oldest football club in the world, however it is neither United or Wednesday but Sheffield FC who formed in 1857.

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