Pompey v Yeovil: Insider

Harry Cornick, right, and Ryan Bird
Harry Cornick, right, and Ryan Bird
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Western Gazette reporter Tom Seymour gives his verdict on Yeovil’s season so far.

Yeovil’s season is going quite poorly in all honesty, not helped by injuries.

Paul Sturrock brought in 16 players over the summer and that has probably increased to 20 now, so there have been lots of people trying to settle in and get to know each other.

On top of that, injuries have affected 10 different players and many have never known anything like it.

You have to feel for the manager. Things have stacked up against him for what seems like forever and obviously it has taken its toll on the squad and results.

Guys like Ben Tozer, Marc Laird, Kevin Dawson and Ryan Dickson would definitely be in the starting line-up – but have two league games between them this season.

It looks like at the end of October it will have more or less cleared up, with only Simon Gillett set to be still out with a long-term knee injury.

Having said that, aside from a 2-0 defeat at Oxford United, which could have been a lot more, Yeovil have not been properly run over.

Most have been pretty close, certainly not a complete disaster or Newport County level.

Still, the Glovers travel to Pompey next and I can’t imagine anyone thinks they will get anything out of the weekend. It is going to be a tough one.

Team-wise, ex-Pompey player Wes Fogden is back in the side after making his comeback from broken fingers at Accrington Stanley in the week.

The midfielder did it in his fourth game for the club, at York, and is still sporting a big bandage on his hand.

When he has played he has done okay, solid if anything, although I think Sturrock is trying to work out where he wants to play him.

Fogden has played at the bottom of the midfield diamond, he has operated as an attacking midfielder on the right but it is about working out his most effective role.

Another former Fratton Park player, Ryan Bird, has done well and despite the Glovers struggling to get shots off, he has managed to score four times in League Two.

Bird is the poacher they need, although he has had a tough time of it as well – having been forced to play in midfield on occasions because not enough players were fit.

As we all know, he isn’t a midfielder but gets on with it, giving everything he has got.

Sturrock has described him as not the best player at the club but the best finisher.

One of the stars of the season so far has been Harry Cornick, who is on loan from Bournemouth and has netted two goals in 12 appearances.

The youngster is still finding his feet, he’s had a good couple of games and then had a quiet one but you can see he has class.

Although generally a striker, he has played on the right-hand side of midfield on occasions due to injuries.