Yeovil Town boss Mark Cooper has explained his decision to drop top-scorer Rhys Murphy, strike partner Frank Nouble and midfielder Josh Owers to the bench for today’s visit from Braintree Town.

The boss explained he was looking to keep his star players fresh with the trio having been regulars in the side’s winning run in recent weeks.

He handed starts to on loan Exeter City striker Sonny CoxWill Dawes and Sonny Blu Lo-Everton for the fixture, with the three dropped named among the substitutes.

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Tom Seymour, Cooper said: “We are trying to keep everything fresh and going with a lot of pace at the top of the pitch.

Braintree are a high press, front foot team so we are going to try and expose the space behind them if we can.
Frank and Murph have played loads of minutes and we have got to make sure we don’t put them at risk of injury.

Josh Owers has played eight on the trot and looked really tired the other night (against W*ymouth) and was really stiff, so we have to make sure he doesn’t blow up and give Sonny Blu a go.

It is a difficult job. We have got a small group but a really good group of quality. We just have to try and find the right formula for each game.

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