Gary Johnson knows trip to Doncaster will be key test for Glovers
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has labelled Saturday’s npower League One contest with Doncaster Rovers as the club’s biggest game of the season so far.
The Glovers travel to their old non-League foes only a point behind the South Yorkshire outfit, with just two points spanning the division’s top six.
Swindon Town’s Tuesday night success at Tranmere Rovers took them top on goal difference, locking them on 58 points with AFC Bournemouth and Rovers.
With Yeovil in a position to potentially regain the pole position they relinquished in the autumn, Johnson is refusing to undersell the importance of the encounter with Doncaster, who are looking for their first win in five games.
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“I think it is the biggest game of the season so far,” said the Town boss. “I felt that the Scunthorpe game [a 3-0 win last weekend] was a key game, because we knew, with others not playing on that day and us being able to catch up on a game in hand, the three points were going to consolidate our place in the top six.
“We didn’t know we were going to end up third, which was a nice bonus. On Saturday we will start fifth but it’s going very well at the moment and all the hard work is being done with a smile on our faces.
“There seems to be a lot of confidence in the camp and, going away to Doncaster, we are not going to be daunted by it because of our previous form. They’ve had a change in manager, so whether we can make any positives out of that is left to be seen.
“They don’t seem to be on top of their form at the moment. What we’ve done in the last eight games is just worry about us, making sure that we are ready and seeing what happens then.
“I’m familiar with [Rovers boss] Brian Flynn and I’m familiar with quite a few of the Donny players, so they’re not going to be a surprise to us. We know what they’ve got and we know their strengths, but by the time the game comes we know that we can pick out a couple of their weaknesses.”
The Glovers will be joined at Doncaster by Middlesbrough loan signing Matt Dolan as he nears fitness. The central midfielder returned to his parent club after sustaining an injury at the start of the month against Brentford.
The 20-year-old was originally meant to travel to Coventry City last week but his return was delayed while he continued his recuperation in the North East.
Johnson, who last week took his squad to Buckler’s Mead Academy in Yeovil for the annual Junior Glovers fun day, said: “He will be with us at Doncaster and then come home with us.
“I don’t think he’s totally over his injury, but it will be good to have him around and he wants to be around. When he is ready and his injury has recovered, he will be here and in the mentality of it.”
Swindon Town have put two senior players, midfielder Tommy Miller and central defender Darren Ward, in temporary charge of team affairs at the County Ground, following the resignation of manager Paolo Di Canio on Monday.
Coach Fabrizio Piccareta oversaw Tuesday’s 3-1 win at Tranmere Rovers which took the Robins to the top of League One, but he revealed after the game that he and the rest of Di Canio’s backroom staff are also leaving the club.
A statement on the club’s website read: “This initiative has the full support of the prospective new owners.”