Yeovil v Swindon Preview: Elsnik key for the Robins

Elsnik bagged a brace at Dartford – swindonadvertiser.co.uk

Pop band Steps will be playing at Huish Park in June, but one could be forgiven for thinking ‘5, 6, 7, 8’ is merely what Yeovil Town fans were expecting when they went 4-0 down at Carlisle last week…

Thankfully for the Glovers, a repeat of the opening day fiasco at Luton was avoided, but not a red card for defender Bevis Mugabi, nor a seventh away defeat of the campaign. With their away form less than impressive, it’s a good thing Yeovil have won half their home games.

All four of those victories have come when forwards Francois Zoko and Olufela Olomola have started together. The duo have been excellent so far, scoring 12 goals between them this term and both provide power in attacking areas to compliment the flair of Otis Khan, who himself is on five for the campaign.

Both Zoko and Olomola were sent off in the 3-0 win over Stevenage and are serving the last of their three match suspension on Saturday. Their absence might though offer an opportunity for Sam Surridge and Rhys Browne, who impressed in the 1-0 FA Cup win over Southend that earned the club a tie with Port Vale.

The only team to beat the Valiants recently has been Swindon Town, who won 3-0 in Burslem with four shots on target. They were ruthless in front of goal and that was without striker Luke Norris, who remains their top scorer with nine in 16 in all forms.

A week prior to that game, some suggested that the attacking aspects of their performance in a 1-0 win over Wycombe was not the best, yet there is a certain efficiency that that game encapsulated.

Centre-backs Ollie Lancashire and Matt Preston kept the Chairboys, the division’s second-top scorers – who had individually the league’s joint-top scorer in Adebayo Akinfenwa – quiet for 90 minutes. It is difficult to imagine a Luke Williams or a Mark Cooper side having that kind of steel.

Midfielder Timi Elsnik is looking like one of the signings of the season. Not only is the Derby County loanee in great form, netting three in his last three in all competitions including a belter against Chesterfield, he is also showing great maturity. The 19-year-old’s commitment was praised by manager David Flitcroft, who appears to be turning Swindon into a team that can do the simple things well.

It will therefore be a tough afternoon for Yeovil: so reliant are they on their home form, a defeat in Somerset would be a tragedy hard to bear.

The Football Lab’s Verdict: 1-2