Glovers cup draw heightens expectation ahead of historic match
By Chris Sweet
Yeovil Town’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Birmingham City carries greater importance now the teams have been drawn in the Capital One Cup, according to a manager seeking bragging rights.
The Glovers entertain the Blues on Saturday in their first encounter at Huish Park in the second tier of English football.
And, having beaten Southend United 1-0 on Tuesday, they will also host Lee Clark’s men in the second round of the League Cup in the week beginning August 26 following yesterday’s draw.
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Yeovil boss Gary Johnson conceded it was hard to get over-excited about the second clash, but said it added weight to the weekend encounter that should be played out in front of a capacity crowd.
He said: “It’s not the prettiest draw in the world, having them in the cup as well as on Saturday. I always like playing teams outside of our division and I expect Lee Clark feels the same.
“There’s even more reason to get a result on Saturday to have the bragging right for a while and but the other under pressure to get a result.
“At that stage of the season I expect teams will still be resting players and we will have to see who rests who.
“But that is team we have to play and I am pleased we haven’t got any more travelling because we have done some unbelievable travelling in the last week.”
Johnson added that excitement was building amongst the Glovers ahead of their historic fixture.
“I’m looking forward to it and I am sure everyone that belongs to the club is looking forward to it,” he said. “It’s a major event for the club and when you reach these milestones you feel very proud.
“I remember when we got into the League, our first game was away at Rochdale and there was a lot of interest in that. We have come a long way since that to play Birmingham City in our first game at home in front of a full house.”