Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton has explained some of the key decisions he made in terms of yesterday's team selection that saw two of his regular first teamers drop out of the squad. The matchday squad saw left-back Nathan Smith, who has been recently used as a left-sided centre-back, sat in the stands, whilst he was joined by Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworrey, who has been an ever-present in the side since his arrival at the tail end of October, clocking up 22 appearances for the club.
Skiverton also left Joel Grant on the bench, despite him scoring Yeovil's goal on the weekend against Scunthorpe United, with the Jamaican international coming on during the second half. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that the winger's three month knee injury meant that it was hard for him to play two games in three days, whilst explained that Smith had a cut eye that would have made it difficult for him to head the ball last night:
"Nathan Smith missed out as he's got a nasty gash on his eyelid and that was going to keep him out of the game. Joel Grant on the other hand has come in from the cold as he's been out injured, and we felt that it would be a bit too much for him to start and then blow up, and so what we were looking to do was to bring him on later in the game when it started to open up and there's more space for him to exploit."
In terms of Arthurworrey's absence, Skiverton confirmed the defender was fit and available, but that with him having to restrict his matchday squad to just five loan players, an additional loanee had to miss out. The Glovers boss explained that Arthurworrey's absence was in part due to Smith's injury with him wanting to use Swansea City defender Stephen Kingsley as a left-footer in the back line to compensate for Smith's absence. As such Arthurworrey was the man sacrificed:
"I just think that especially with the injury to Nathan Smith as well, that it's about us having to rejig things. Unfortunately Stephen was the one to do that - I think he's been playing really well, but we just thought that for the balance of the team and the shape that it was best to go with what we've got tonight. So unfortunately he missed out, but as we've seen from Saturday to tonight there's always been two or maybe three changes. So it's not necessarily going to be the starting team for Saturday as well."
The expectation is that Nathan Smith will be fit enough to play on Saturday, which given Stephen Kingsley's head injury last night may give him the opportunity to slot back into the side. If Kingsley is not fit to play on the weekend, then Arthurworrey should also get his chance to break back into the matchday squad given that it would free up a loan position.
Aside from Kingsley, who lost a number of teeth after being on the end of a heavy challenge from Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw, the club's other injury concern was Liam Davis, who spent much of the second half hobbling around with a groin injury. However, with the Glovers having by that time made all three substitutes, he had to stay out on the pitch - he will need to be assessed by the club's physios to see how much damage has been caused by that.
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