A love-hate relationship characterised by lighthearted psychology between Byron Webster and his manager is behind the defender’s upturn in form.
The summer arrival from Northampton heads to Preston North End on Saturday having scored twice in Yeovil Town’s last three games to help Gary Johnson’s men to five wins from six outings.
However, the strikes ended a seven-and-half-year wait for a goal in two spells in English football either side of time in the Czech Republic.
Webster and Johnson revealed that his finishes came after constant ribbing from the boss and jokes about the centre half realising his size.
Webster said: “The gaffer has been on to me since I have known him, saying I have got to score more goals.
“I keep reading that I have only scored once but I have scored in the Czech Republic and it was good to get my second against Crewe. The team is winning, which is the main thing.
“I think it is a love or hate relationship with the gaffer and we do get on well. He knows how to get the best out of me and a lot of people.
“When I was with him at another club he made a few comments in the Press about me needing a few more mirrors in my house to see how big I am.
“He has a bit of reverse psychology at times and it does work. He’ll say ‘you’re going to score today’ putting the impetus on you and thankfully I have been scoring a few recently.”
Johnson added: “I have been ribbing him every day for the last six months. We had quite a big session with him a couple of weeks ago and asked for Terry Skiverton to show him how to head and kick it, really taking the mickey out of him.
“But I know he’s a top player, as I know Dan Burn’s a top player and they’re showing it. Byron Webster has got the technique to score goals whether it’s with his head or feet and I knew once he started scoring he would really want to get on the end of things.
“Once we got mirrors in his house he realised how tall he was and how he could be a lot stronger. So that £30 I spent on that tall mirror has been money well spent.”
Webster said the Glovers will not be getting carried away with their recent form that has seen them climb to tenth in npower League One, just three points away from the play-off spots.
“We had a really good start, hit a bit of a bump in the road and got out of it,” he said. “No team loses every game for the rest of the season so we just had to believe we could get the win.
“We did that against Colchester and kicked on so it’s now about trying to keep that run going for as long as we can and seeing where it can take us.
“You always see that there is a team that is a surprise package that puts a run together. Reading did it in the Championship last season and went unnoticed all season before winning the league.
“We’re not getting carried away, we know what our objective is and we know what we need to do to keep in the league and then get as high as we can.”
The 25-year-old added that Yeovil would head to Deepdale for the second time this season with the same approach to a League One clash.
He said: “It’s a cup game but we can treat it like a league game and anyone in this division can beat anyone else.
“It’s crazy looking at the results and even on Saturday Doncaster beat Notts County away and we beat Doncaster. This league really is crazy.”