Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has labelled Saturday’s npower League One clash 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 under-sell the importance of the encounter with a Doncaster side looking for their first win in five games.
“I think it is the biggest game of the season so far,” said the boss. “I felt that the Scunthorpe game (3-0) 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 was 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 everything that we are doing we are doing with hard work and a smile on our face.
“There seems to be a lot of confidence in the camp and so going away to Doncaster we are not going to be daunted by it because of our previous form.
“They have had a change in manager so whether we can make any positives out of that is left to be seen. They obviously don’t seem to be on top of their form at the moment.
“What we have done in the last eight games is just worry about us and making sure that we were ready, seeing what happens then.
“I am familiar with Brian Flynn and I am familiar with quite a few of the Donny players so they are not going to be a surprise to us. We know what they have got and we know their strengths, but by the time game comes we know that we can pick out a couple of their weaknesses.”
The Glovers will be joined at Doncaster by Middlesbrough loanee 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.
Twenty-year-old Dolan was originally meant to travel to Coventry City but his return was delayed whilst 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.”