Marek Stech: Bottom side Bury could be toughest test yet for Yeovil Town
Midweek penalty shoot-out hero Marek Stech believes League One strugglers Bury could pose one of Yeovil Town’s sternest challenges so far this season.
The Shakers head to Huish Park bottom of the league and still searching for their first win of the campaign after a torrid start to 2012-13.
New manager Kevin Blackwell is still stamping his mark on a team that were seconds from earning a win on Tuesday night against Carlisle, only for Joe Garner to level in the 90th minute.
Goalkeeper Stech, who saved Thomas Cruise’s penalty to set up a 5-4 spot-kick win at Torquay in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, said the Glovers will not be underestimating their opponents.
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“It is the hardest game because they haven’t won yet,” he said. “It is going to be a hard game, they will be big and strong and good at set pieces.
“They will try to come here and get at least a draw.
“We need to do everything right to get that three points. We have to be aware at the set-pieces and I just hope we get the three points that are important to us.”
The Czech Republic under-21 international missed his nation’s defeat to Russia last weekend to face Tranmere with the Glovers and, despite throwing away a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2, Stech said Yeovil have every right to be confident this weekend.
He said: “We beat Colchester, which was brilliant for us, and we needed that three points.
“Last week we did brilliantly against Tranmere, but we were unlucky. Some of the set-pieces we gave away and Joe Edwards’ red card was unlucky.
“Now going into the game (today), coming back from 2-1 down at Torquay and scoring in the last minute built the confidence.
“We can take the positives and the confidence from Tuesday night and take that into (today).”
James Hayter twice equalised for Yeovil at Plainmoor, the second coming as the game entered injury-time and forced the tie to penalties.
All five visiting kickers kept their nerve to convert their spot-kicks, Stech saving one and Keanu Marsh-Brown drilling home the decisive fifth.
Stech said: “It was a brilliant game. Penalties are a gamble, 50-50, for a keeper. If you choose the right side you can save it.
“For the first penalty I went the right way and got a touch, which I was disappointed not to save as if I had got a stronger hand I could’ve saved it.
“But I saved the third, which helped the lads. The lads were brilliant by scoring five of five penalties.
“As a keeper you have to choose a side and the players have to think about it more.
“There is more pressure on the players than on us because we only try to make a save. If you choose the right side you are lucky.
“I always go to the right side if they are right footed, which the gaffer said before the game.
“If they are left-footed he said to try to go to the left and that was the one I saved.
“He (Cruise) was left-footed, I chose that side and saved it.”