Yeovil Town v Scunthorpe United: Glovers ready for season-defining game
Today’s clash with Scunthorpe will be one that defines Yeovil Town’s season, according to captain Jamie McAllister.
The Iron head south on the back of three victories that have taken them clear of League One’s relegation zone.
However, the hosts are very much the favourites as they aim to set a new club record of eight consecutive Football League wins.
The Glovers are only out of the play-off spots on goal difference and are just three points off the top two.
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Left-back McAllister said his team would not be fooled by Scunthorpe’s lowly position and needed to perform well in a match where they are expected to come out on top.
“It won’t be easy, these are the games that define your season,” he said. “We are probably going into it as favourites and it’s games like this that you have to win to stay up there challenging. It’s going to be a tough one for us, so we can’t take them lightly. We will be professional, play our game against them and, hopefully, get three points.
“I don’t think the boys are feeling any pressure at the moment, we are playing without fear and just enjoying playing the way we are playing because it is attractive and enjoyable to watch.
“Against Preston we were 1-0 down, but the boys were patient, we played our stuff, we didn’t panic, created a lot of chances and ended up winning 3-1. We have just got to keep believing we are good enough to be up there.”
McAllister added that there was no element of luck in the Glovers’ success this season, paying tribute to manager Gary Johnson’s recruitment.
McAllister, who first worked with Johnson at Bristol City, said: “It’s brilliant. We have worked hard throughout the season to get where we are, but to go seven on the spin in this league is a terrific achievement, it’s testament to the boys that they have taken on board what the gaffer has said.
“You can see that we are a tight unit and everyone wants to do well for each other. We have been playing some good stuff as well, it’s not as if we have been lucky.
“We have beaten some good teams, teams that are favourites to go up, and we are showing that we can go away and beat teams like Sheffield United and Coventry, playing good stuff on their patch.
“The gaffer is a big factor. He is brought in players that are good quality and they have the ability to do well, are winners and have the right characteristics to win games.
“We want to do well, the gaffer is good at mixing the dressing room and getting the right blend we have certainly got that there now.”
McAllister also hailed the club’s support and expected further fine form to boost attendances. He said: “It’s coming along and gathering pace. Hopefully we will get a few more (today) and get another win. The crowds may then get bigger and the support will come back.
“But the fans there at the moment and the support we have been getting has been tremendous, so we thank them. At Coventry there were 750 supporters there which was magnificent.”