Yeovil Town travel to Millwall tomorrow night for a League One match, hoping to pick up at least a point to build on the win that they picked up against Brentford on Saturday. That 2-0 win broke a nine game run without a win, and it will be important for morale and belief for the Glovers to demonstrate that they are capable of going on some kind of an unbeaten run and to move away from the relegation zone.
In the majority of circumstances, the attitude would be "don't change a winning team" but manager Terry Skiverton hinted earlier today that he might decide to do so to combat a Lions side that reached the League One play-offs last season, and who are currently unbeaten at home.
Skiverton may also need to make one forced change with midfielder Ryan Mason a significant doubt, having suffered another groin injury during Saturday's game. Mason has consistently struggled to play both weekend and midweek matches since his arrival at Huish Park, due to a series of groin problems, and the Yeovil boss rates his chances of turning up tomorrow at 60:40 against. With another difficult away game coming up at Oldham Athletic on Saturday, the temptation will be for Mason to be rested, which means either another change in formation, or for another player to be tried out in that advanced midfield position.
Elsewhere, there's no indication as to whether team captain Stefan Stam's knee injury will have cleared up in time for the trip to South-East London, although given that he failed to make the squad on Saturday, it would be a surprise if he was near full fitness so quickly after being ruled out of the Brentford match. Aidan Downes (shoulder and knee) and Dean Bowditch (shoulder) remain long term absentees.
Millwall are expected to welcome back striker Jason Price (thigh) and Tony Craig (back) with both believed to be at full fitness. Striker Gary Alexander (heel) is also available after making his return as a substitute on Saturday. The Glovers will also come up against midfielder Danny Schofield for the first time since his transfer deadline move to London. Since moving to the New Den, Danny has featured in four matches, with two of those coming from the bench.
Saturday's match was one of Schofield's bench appearances, getting just nine minutes on the field of play. By that time, another substitute in the opposition ranks had ensured that he would make the headlines, with the familiar name of Andros Townsend ensuring that the Lions fell to a single goal defeat at the hands of London rivals Leyton Orient.
Millwall's form has been a bit up and down so far this season. Away from home they've yet to win a match, having lost three games out of five. However, at the New Den, they are unbeaten, with two wins and two draws, and just two goals conceded. They lie just one point ahead of the Glovers, in 12th place in the table, but with them five points off the the play-off positions they can ill afford to lose any more ground on their rivals. Their current form of four defeats in their last five matches in all competitions clearly isn't going to do that unless they start picking up wins.
The last meeting between the two sides saw Yeovil pick up their one and only competitive win against the Lions. A 2-0 win for the Glovers on Good Friday saw goals from Gavin Tomlin and Jonathan Obika settle the match, whilst a 1-1 draw over Christmas 2008 represents the last meeting at the New Den, with Luke Rodgers unlucky to only come home with one goal to his name that afternoon. Thus although Millwall will start the game as clear favourites, Yeovil's recent record shows that they are capable of springing a surprise or two.
The match kicks off at 7.45p.m. tomorrow night and tickets are available from the North Stand Ticket Office on the night of the game at no extra charge. If you are not going to the game then BBC Somerset will have live commentary of the match tomorrow night with match coverage starting after the 7.00p.m. news.
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