Yeovil Town goalkeeper Marek Stech's long wait for baby arrival will soon be over
Yeovil Town keeper Marek Stech has revealed how tough it has been in recent weeks to maintain performances whilst awaiting news on his heavily-pregnant partner.
The Czech Republic stopper has been one of Yeovil’s stand-out players in their recent run that has taken them to the brink of npower League One’s play-offs and five points from top spot.
However, he has shone whilst nervously waiting on news from girlfriend Louise as the couple wait for the arrival of their firstborn.
Stech has left his mobile phone with physio Mike Micciche in the dugout during Yeovil’s most recent games with Brentford and Coventry City, even travelling independently to the Ricoh Arena on the morning of the clash.
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The former West Ham United man may not be a father for tonight’s visit of Preston North End but anticipates welcoming his daughter to the world before Saturday’s encounter with Scunthorpe United, with Louise expected to be induced tomorrow.
Stech said he was delighted with his and the team’s form but admitted his personal situation had played on his mind.
“It has been very difficult,” he said. “I travelled up on my own on Saturday, not really knowing what was going on. I left my missus and she wasn’t feeling the best so I was worried then.
“As soon as I got here I gave my phone to Mike Micciche the physio just in case anything happened.
“Nothing happened during the game but she was eight days over the due date on Saturday so hopefully it will be any time soon now. She was home with her mum and aunty, keeping up to date with the game.
“I hope the baby comes soon, it has been long enough now. Hopefully we can have the baby before Tuesday night as I want to play the game.
“Obviously being a home game helps and it is only an hour away from where I live in Bournemouth. We have had two games where I have driven away.
“It is difficult because you do not want to leave her. When I left on Saturday morning I felt guilty as she was one her own but it helped having her mum and aunty coming down.
“She was obviously keeping up with the game so she was kind of with me but you want to be with her 24 hours. Hopefully we can have the baby as soon as possible.”
Stech added it was frustrating to play so well at Coventry and not climb into the play-offs, but said upcoming home games would be crucial in their top six aspirations.
The 23-year-old said: “All of us played very well, we were outstanding. We defended really well in the second half.
“Coventry were very strong from set-pieces, they put lots of balls into dangerous areas so it was a great performance from all of us.
“We have been together long enough now to know each other’s game play. We work hard in training and always look to do our best, especially in the games.
“I am really happy to have kept another clean sheet and I think that was my 12th of my season. We have won six on the spin and now with important home games coming up that are going to be vital for us hopefully we can put in the same performance to get into the play-offs.
“It is frustrating because we know we can win but cannot get in the play-offs. We have got to keep doing what we have been doing.”