Yeovil Town striker Alex Fisher has said that he is aware that Tuesday night's match against Cheltenham Town is a big game in terms of his side's season. When the Glovers chose to call off the trip to Whaddon Road due to international call-ups back in October 2018, they were above their opponents in a relatively comfortable mid-table position, with the Robins struggling near the bottom following a slow start to the 2018-19 season.
During the four months that have passed, the two clubs have swapped positions, as they look to play the game in hand that they have over the majority of their rivals in the lower half of the division. Yeovil do have an incentive tonight, as they know that victory would see them leapfrog their hosts, although from Cheltenham's point of view a win could give them an eight point buffer between themselves and the bottom two. As such, Fisher has told BBC Somerset that he knows the game has extra significance. However, he adds that it is important the team focus on their own game:
"In the context of the season, we're all very aware that it's a big game. But at the same time it's very easy to maybe focus too much on things you can't control. So we've been very specific with our preparation, in terms that we just want to focus on our performance and see what we can get out of the game. Obviously we would like to have a bit more breathing space between the teams below us, and that would bring Cheltenham right back into it as well. First and foremost we've got to make sure that we stick to our game plan."
One of the matches that allowed Cheltenham to climb away from relegation danger came at Yeovil Town's expense. The 1-4 defeat on New Year's Day was the Glovers' worst defeat of the season. Fisher believes that the game may pan out rather differently in terms of the shape of the Whaddon Road pitch, and with Yeovil players having it in their minds where they went wrong at the start of January:
"Having not been too long ago, it's quite fresh in the memory. Sometimes it's quite good to play a team soon after, because you remember a lot about the players that you came up against and the way that they play. Games can be very different at the same time, in League Two. I think their pitch is relatively small, whereas ours is quite big, so the structure of the match might be a little bit different. But it will be nice to get straight back into a game following Saturday's defeat. We're chomping at the bit to get started."
Fisher has suffered a bit of a goal drought over the last three months, with his last strike coming during the November FA Cup match against Stockport County, with his last goal in League Two coming on October 23rd against Crewe Alexandra. The striker says he is aware of that gap, but feels he's still getting into the right positions in the penalty area, to enable that situation to change:
"As a striker, you're always aware if you haven't notched in a few games, but the main thing is if you're in the right place and you're getting chances, that's the first and foremost thing. I feel like I've been getting myself into dangerous positions, but there's a few times where the ball either hasn't fallen to me, or fallen into the box. But it's one of those where if you focus too much on things that are outside your control it's easy to get into a bit of a rut."
One possibility tonight is that Fisher may find himself either on the bench, or partnering new personnel. The final week in January saw the club recruit Ryan Seager on a permanent deal along with Courtney Duffus. In addition, Tristan Abrahams is a Norwich City loanee who has yet to get onto the pitch. Fisher recognises that there will be plenty of pressure on the strikers from now on, to perform:
"It's a chance now for a lot of people to try to stake a claim for the position. They know that just putting in an okay performance isn't necessarily good enough. There's a lot of competition up front, and it's something where you've got to learn to play under the pressure, not only of the league but of the internal pressures that are placed from the manager. He's made a statement of what he's tried to put into place, and it's up to us, who are playing, to respond to that."
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