Chesterfield's John Pemberton previews Yeovil clash and playing three up front

Town boss John Pemberton says only ‘time will tell’ whether it is a good time to play struggling Yeovil Town on Saturday.

Friday, 30th October 2020, 10:44 am

The Glovers are yet to win in the league after six attempts and manager Darren Sarll described their first half performance against Sutton United in midweek as the ‘worst’ they have played in his 15 months in charge and said it was ‘disgusting’.

The Somerset club have a defensive injury crisis with just one fit centre-half going into this weekend’s clash, according to Sarll.

On Yeovil, Pemberton said: “I think they are similar to us in regards of they are a big club and they are a scalp for people.

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John Pemberton.

“They are a very good football side and they will cause us problems if we are not at it defensively.

“A little bit like us, probably (their) confidence is a little bit low at the moment.

“I think sometimes after games it can be quite emotional in a game you have lost.

“I watched the game and I didn’t think Yeovil played that poorly.

“Is it a good time to go play them? Only time will tell I think.

“We are looking forward to the game and if we can do what we do well we will give them a game.”

Pemberton opted to go with three strikers of Tom Denton, Alex Kiwomya and Nathan Tyson against Stockport County in the FA Cup last weekend so that could be something he looks at again given Yeovil’s defensive problems.

“We went with the three up front because sometimes if you keep sitting on the ropes you are going to end up getting a sucker-punch so I spoke to the players about going the other way and being more positive and having the extra man up front which I knew would cause them some problems and it worked well,” he said.

“Sometimes I don’t think it is about formation, it is about applying yourself and trying to be better than the man in front of you.

“We have done a lot of work on Yeovil and we know exactly what they are, what their strengths are and what their weaknesses are and we have got to try and do what we did on Saturday and do it again and do it well.”