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Posted Thu 20 Mar 14

Preview: Yeovil Town

Match Preview: Setting the scene
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After last weekend’s defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion, Wanderers will be looking to bounce immediately on Saturday as they make the long trip down south to Huish Park to take on Yeovil Town.

Before last Saturday’s reverse against the Seagulls, Bolton had been unbeaten in each of their last five matches. 

The Whites are however unbeaten on the road in the league since February 1, while they have also never lost an encounter against Yeovil.

The Glovers are fighting for their Sky Bet Championship survival having flirted with relegation all season long, currently occupying 23rd position in the table with only Barnsley below them.   

After winning promotion via the League One play-offs last year, the highlight of Yeovil’s season so far has been a 3-1 home victory against Billy Davies’ Nottingham Forest back in October.

However, Gary Johnson’s side have ultimately struggled this season with only Birmingham City having won less games at home, while Yeovil have also found goals at Huish Park hard to come by, scoring a division low total of 13 alongside fellow strugglers Charlton Athletic. 

In their last outing, Yeovil came from behind to claim a morale-boosting 3-3 draw at the DW Stadium against FA Cup semi-finalists Wigan Athletic in an incredible match which saw five goals come in the last ten minutes.
Match Preview: Team news
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Wanderers look set to welcome Mark Davies back into the fold after the midfielder missed last weekend’s clash with Brighton through illness, while Jermaine Beckford, Andrew Lonergan and Chris Eagles are all available.
Match preview: Op camp
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Having won promotion to the Championship as League One Play-Off winners last season, Yeovil Town have found it tough in their first ever season in England’s second tier.

Facing a fight to survive, the Glovers will be hoping to call upon previous experiences from their time in League One, having narrowly avoided relegation to League Two on a number of occasions.

A promotion specialist, manager Gary Johnson took Yeovil into the Football League as Conference champions for the first time in the club’s history in 2003, before winning promotion again - this time to League One - two years later.

Returning to the club in January 2012, Johnson was soon working the old magic once again as he secured yet another promotion with the Glovers – replicating a feat he had managed with former club Bristol City.    
Just two points separate Yeovil from safety, but with 21st placed Charlton boasting a superior goal difference and three games in hand, the Glovers know they have it all to do if they are to avoid an immediate return to League One.
Match Preview: One to watch
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The form of on-loan striker Ismael Miller has certainly been instrumental in a difficult season for Yeovil Town.

Having found first team opportunities limited at parent club Nottingham Forest, Miller joined the Glovers on loan in late November before extending the move back in January.

Miller has impressed many with his impressive tally of nine goals from 16 matches, including a debut strike in a 3-0 victory against Watford as well as a dramatic brace in Tuesday night’s draw with Wigan.

The forward started his career with Manchester City but after struggling to make a breakthrough at the Etihad Stadium, left for West Bromwich Albion in August 2007.

In his first season at the club Miller fired in 16 goals as he helped win the Baggies promotion back to the Premier League. However, injuries halted his progress in subsequent seasons as West Brom bounced between divisions.

Following a loan spell with Queens Park Rangers, Miller joined Forest in August 2011, only to be loaned out to Middlesbrough the following season.

Having now rediscovered the form from his early days at West Brom, Yeovil will be relying on Miller to continue firing in the goals to that can help keep the Glovers in the division.
Match preview: Man in the middle
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Darren Deadman will take charge of Wanderers’ clash visit to Yeovil Town on Saturday afternoon. 

After officiating his first Championship fixture back in January 2006, the Cambridgeshire based referee has been the man in the middle of 28 games so far this term, issuing 95 yellow cards and five red cards during the current campaign.

Deadman first took charge of a Wanderers match in September 2011 when goals from Chris Eagles and Gael Kakuta saw Bolton defeat Aston Villa in the League Cup. 

In total, he has taken charge of three Wanderers games with the Whites winning all three, including a 2-0 victory away at Bournemouth earlier this season.

Keith Lawson and Mark Derrien will run the line, while Charles Breakspear is the fourth official.