Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, just before kick-off against Carlisle United on Saturday 4th May 2019. Yeovil went on to draw the match 0-0.
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CS: Neale, let's talk team news. A couple of players missing. No Nathan Baxter and no Sessi D'Almeida. What's the story with them?
NM: Nathan Baxter has had a shoulder problem for some time during the whole season. He's been to see a surgeon this week and I think they're thinking of doing something operation-wise with his shoulder. Sessi D'Almeida had a shoulder problem, we know from six or seven weeks ago. That's occurred again.
CS: So Stuart Nelson comes in. He's a goalkeeper that you've got under contract for next season, so you'll be keen to see him this afternoon.
NM: Absolutely. There was already a difference to see him in training yesterday, because he knew he was going to be playing. It's been a long time for him, so I think he's looking forward to the game.
CS: The situation with Alefe Santos is that I think he is out of contract. So it's a chance for him this afternoon for one last time to try to impress, whether he gets a deal here, or elsewhere for next season.
NM: Absolutely, there's a lot of players out there today who are out of contract. So they'll all be giving their all. Actually I don't think that in the last six weeks that any of them have let me down, or let Paul Terry down, or let the club down. I think they've gone toe-to-toe with almost every opponent. With the draws that we've got, we could have basically won all those games, but it wasn't to be.
CS: I should mention the Academy and the lads. Daniel Ojo, Gabby Rogers and Devon Arnold comes onto the bench today. So there's a lot of the young lads who could be the future of the club who could potentially get onto the pitch today.
NM: It was only Alex John missing today, but he's got a slight hip problem. Obviously he's getting himself fit for that training camp for the Welsh Under-19s. We're hoping that he can go along to that one. But he would have been involved today as well if he hadn't been injured. So the Academy has got a massive future for us, especially in the situation where if we do go down, or are going down, that they can support us with the talent that they've got.
CS: Listening to BBC 5Live driving here, Mark Clemmit in the Football League report said there was the possibility that Bolton could be expelled from the Football League. There are lots of things going around the Football League. Is one of your motivations today to say to your players to make sure that you don't finish bottom, because that team which finishes second from bottom could earn a reprieve?
NM: That was my subject after the game on Saturday, straight away. On Tuesday obviously at that time, we were down and there were a few long faces but we picked them up on Wednesday and the atmosphere was very good on yesterday afternoon. We've had a number of players where we've had one-to-one conversations, and I think they will all be up for it today.
CS: Of course you're facing a Carlisle side who will be up for it. They can still get in the play-offs, so you know what sort of an opponent you're facing today.
NM: Definitely, they've got to win that game and hope that Newport lose. Their goal difference is better than Newport, so it's going to be a tight one. But I think if we can perform like we've done in the last two games then we've got a good chance today.
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