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Preview: Yeovil

30 December 2016

Match Previews

Preview: Yeovil

30 December 2016

A look-ahead to Monday's action at the Checkatrade Stadium

Reds are back in action on Bank Holiday Monday when we kick off 2017 at home to Yeovil Town, kick off 3pm.


Team News

Reds have Dean Cox available and he is added to the squad. Matt Harrold (knee) is recovering from knee surgery and won’t be in contention.

Midfielder Ryan Hedges (ankle) is missing for the visitors while Matty Dolan and ex-Reds defender Darren Ward are unlikely to figure, although they are close to returning after seven weeks on the sidelines. Jack Storer, a striker signed on loan for the rest of the season from Birmingham City, could figure for the visitors.


View from the Boss

Head Coach Dermot Drummy: “We have already done one excellent bit of business in bringing Dean Cox to the club and I know he is itching to be involved on Monday afternoon. His experience of this level, his ability and his goals can make a big difference to us.”

The Opposition


The Boxing Day crowd of 6,086 for the 0-0 draw against Exeter City was Yeovil’s biggest since March 2015. 

Their 5-0 win over Reds at Huish Park a month ago came during an unbeaten run of 13 games. A few days later they beat MK Dons 4-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy.

But successive League defeats, 1-0 at home to Barnet and 2-1 at promotion-chasing Carlisle, have stalled momentum slightly and their two home games over Christmas finished 0-0 against Exeter and Portsmouth.


Previous Meetings

Reds will be seeking revenge for one of their biggest ever League defeats, having lost 5-0 at Huish Park a month ago.

The Glovers have won the last five of the League and Cup meetings against Reds, whose last success was in September 2014 when two second-half headers by Marvin Elliott sealed a 2-0 home win. Our only other positive result in our previous eight meetings with Yeovil was a 2-2 draw at Huish Park in March 2013, when Joe Walsh and Matt Sparrow scored in the second half to rescue a point.


Familiar faces

There will be some familiar faces in the Yeovil squad on Monday.

Captain Ryan Dickson played a season for Reds under John Gregory and Dean Saunders in 2014-15 before heading back to the south-west for family reasons. One of his team-mates during that campaign was defender Darren Ward, who had a successful loan spell with Reds after joining us from Swindon. The 38-year-old was given a new contract in the summer and has made 13 appearances this season.

Reserve goalkeeper Jonny Maddison had a spell on loan for Reds from Sunderland under Richie Barker in the second half of the 2012-13 campaign. He has made four starts, all in cup ties, for the Glovers this season.


Coming to the game?

The Box Office will be open from 10am and you can buy tickets in advance or pay cash on the turnstiles.

You can also buy online and collect before kick-off. All the details can be found here.


Follow it live:


Fans can follow all the action with minute by minute updates on our Twitter account, as well as half time and full time updates on our Facebook page.

If you have a Snapchat or Instagram account you can also keep up to date with the action.

Exclusive commentary on Monday’s game will be onReds Player HDwith John Barnett and ex-Reds captain Tony Vessey from 2.55pm.


After the final whistle, full video reaction from the Head Coach and the players will be available on YouTube and Reds Player HD.

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