Wednesday need their ‘A’ game as Yeovil improve

Yeovil v Sheffield Wednesday.......GOAL.....Owls Tommy Miller converts the second goal from the penalty spot
Yeovil v Sheffield Wednesday.......GOAL.....Owls Tommy Miller converts the second goal from the penalty spot

IT’S a long and winding road that leads Yeovil to Hillsborough’s door tonight.

The game is part of many twists and turns that Glovers manager Terry Skiverton expects in an attempt to stay in League One.

Yeovil stalled with a 1-0 home defeat by Rochdale.

But Skiverton believes that his third-from-bottom team can restart their survival drive.

They were beaten by a deflected shot on Saturday: the first goal they had conceded in six league games.

Skiverton reflects: “I spoke to my players before the game and I put on our board ‘A’ and ‘B’.

“‘A’ had a question mark to see how far we could go this season and ‘B’ was a bit of a jagged, windy road that still gets us up to where we would like to be, which is out of the bottom four.

“Is it going to be the straight road, which is the road less travelled, or is it going to be the one with dips and turns? At the moment we have gone back into that run.

“But, for me, the positives are that the team is performing, they are still putting their bodies on the line. We could have got at least a draw.

“On another day, we could have had one or two goals and with the way the run has been going I felt we were going to get at least a point.

“We are going to keep fighting. It is still tight.”

Yeovil, on 26 points, have a game in hand on the two teams immediately above them, Swindon (28 points) and Bristol Rovers (27).

So the importance of a win to them tonight is obvious, and Wednesday need one for different reasons.

The Owls are also bidding for a double, having won 2-0 at Huish Park in October with a solo goal from Jermaine Johnson and a penalty by Tommy Miller.

After being beaten by Wednesday. the Glovers picked up only two points from their next seven league games, but in the middle of that period won 1-0 at Rushden in the FA Cup.

In December they went out of the cup, 4-2 at Hartlepool, but January has been a much better month.

They drew at Plymouth, beat MK Dons and Brentford at home and Swindon away, before losing to Rochdale.

The tightness of their defence during this month suggests that they will work hard to try to frustrate Wednesday.

The Owls are used to having to try to break down visiting teams and have not been doing too badly at it: before the 2-2 draw with Charlton, they had won five in a row at Hillsborough, and they came very close to beating the Addicks despite going two down.