Yeovil Town goalkeeper Marek Stech admits that he had expected this afternoon's opponents Bolton Wanderers to be higher up the league table than they currently are. The Trotters arrive at Huish Park for this afternoon's Championship game occupying a 17th place slot in the current league table - a significant drop from last season where they missed out on the play-offs by goal difference.
Still backed by Premier League parachute payments, following their fall from grace at the end of the 2011-12 season, Bolton had been expected to challenge at the upper end of the table during the current campaign. However, a slow start to the season meant a battle of a completely different kind, as it took until October for them to record their first victory. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Stech admits he expected Bolton to be pushing for promotion:
"All their fans and a lot of other people expected Bolton to be in the play-offs, and to go straight up and back into the Premier League. They are a massive team and a massive club. So we have to prepare and do what we've been doing. In the game against Wigan we were outstanding, so if we can put that performance into the game then hopefully we can get three points at home. They've got some decent players and some very experienced players. They've been in the Premier League and they've kept around half of their players that they had. So there's loads of experience. But they've got that soft underbelly as well, so we can use that to our advantage."
In the earlier meeting between the two clubs at the Reebok Stadium, Yeovil Town were unlucky not to come away with all three points. Leading through an Ed Upson goal, they were denied the win in injury time when Alex Baptiste equalised from close range. Television footage showed Bolton taking the ball out of play in the build-up to Baptiste's goal - something that Bolton fans freely admitted after the game - and Stech said that he was frustrated to see the goal when he got home that night:
"I was watching it on the Football League Show, with the goal that we conceded, and it was behind the line anyway. So we were a bit unlucky there. There's been a couple of occasions this season where we've been unlucky with the referees and stuff like that. But if we stick with what we've been doing and performing well, then I think we've got no worries, and we can win on Saturday."
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