Gary Johnson wants buzz around Yeovil Town to keep on improving
Gary Johnson believes he is close to achieving his goal of bringing a buzz back to Yeovil but wants more people to get involved.
On his return in January 2012 the Glovers manager stated his desire to recreate a similar atmosphere in the town to that which embraced the success of his first spell.
Johnson guided Yeovil Town to FA Trophy and Football League promotion glory, eventually taking the Huish Park outfit to their current berth in npower League One before being tempted away to Bristol City.
Now more than 12 months into his second spell, and on the brink of matching the 52 per cent victory rate of his first tenure, Johnson said the feel good factor was returning to the South Somerset town.
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However, with the Glovers now outside of the play-offs on goal difference and just three points off the automatic promotion spots, Johnson encouraged more supporters to join the average 3,795 attracted through the turnstiles.
He said: “I think we are bringing back that buzz. It’s a buzz that needs to be more buzzy and the ones that are here are more buzzy, I can feel that there is a feel-good factor and I can feel an energy coming from that home terrace. It’s so important because we have demoralised some top teams and you have be a strong club to do that, both on and off the field.
“The crowd need to know what songs to sing at the right time to maybe make the opposition feel uncomfortable. Our lads kept going and going (against Preston North End on Tuesday) and that’s what really went well.
“That was what I was pleased with and because Preston went 1-0 up they didn’t fade and die as early as we thought they would. Because they got the first we had to work hard to get the game back and that’s what we did.
“We have tried very hard over the past couple of months to promote our club and it has coincided with us winning games and we have got to do both together. All of a sudden you see that you are a club on a bit of a roll, you do pick up consecutive wins and everybody has that feel-good factor. We need that support, albeit a few more numbers, but they kept with us.
“Towards the end of the game we saw it out quite comfortably and a lot of that was down to the clever little songs they were singing. That counts and helps demoralise an opposition.”
Yeovil’s seven-game winning streak has left them top of the form table, but as they prepare to lock horns with a Scunthorpe United side who have triumphed in their last three outings whilst battling for survival, Johnson emphasised the importance of the “12th man”.
“It will be a big challenge and Brian Laws has got them going a bit,” he said.“There are no easy games in this league so that’s where our 12th man on the terraces is going to be so important for us.”