Yeovil Town make the most of Kieffer Moore gamble

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Adding to the pressure of their poor recent form, Yeovil Town are also struggling with a troublesome absence list. The loss of on-loan defender Ben Nugent through suspension saw Yeovil boss Gary Johnson use striker Kieffer Moore at centre back.

But the gamble paid off as Moore helped the Glovers to keep just their third clean sheet in their last 10 games in a 1-0 win over Bradford. The result still sees the West Country team bottom of League One but with a closed gap to freedom of just three points.

Big and brave

At 6ft5in 20 year old, Kieffer Moore is more used to challenging for headers with opposition defenders to score. Saturday's game proved that he is happy to switch roles as he consistently used his height to command the penalty area and keep Bradford's strikers at bay.

Boss Gary Johnson praised a "brave" performance but revealed that it wasn't entirely a new role for the young striker. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Johnson said "he's a brave lad when he's at the back. We've done it in training and in pre-season friendlies - albeit against lower opposition."

Required reinforcements

Swansea City right back Liam Shephard has joined Yeovil Town on a youth loan that should see him slot straight into the back four. The 20-year-old is highly regarded at the Welsh club but has failed to gain a place in Gary Monk's first team.

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Johnson's well known smart use of the loan market should ease the pressure until Ben Nugent returns. His four game suspension for a second straight red of the season will keep him out for the rest of January.

Yeovil are also on the look out for a loan striker. A league low of 20 goals has been the main reason for their relegation struggles this season. With Johnson's priority of a new defender sorted, another new loanee could be seen at Huish Park before long.

Moving forward

The Glovers will be keen to build on the momentum from the win at Bradford, a win that put a stop to four consecutive losses.

A midweek match away at Preston could see Moore keep his makeshift centre back role. It'll be a tough test though. Preston were 2-0 victors in November when they travelled to Somerset and have lost just once in the league all season at home.

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