Yeovil Town’s walking wounded have been hailed for “going beyond the call of duty” to extend the club’s return to form.
Captain Jamie McAllister, midfielders Ed Upson, Korey Smith and Keanu Marsh-Brown and striker James Hayter all came through last minute fitness tests to face Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday.
Both McAllister and Smith limped off during the second half of the 3-1 midweek victory at Greenhaus Meadow. The left back aggravated an ankle injury sustained on Saturday against Bury and Norwich City loanee Smith was suffering with a swelling in his thigh.
Manager Gary Johnson backed McAllister to again overcome his knock to travel to Crewe Alexandra on Saturday as Yeovil look to improve further on four wins from their last five outings.
He said: “James Hayter got a tackle in the same spot and he carried on, Keanu Marsh-Brown had a tackle on top of his foot and carried on and Jamie McAllister carried on for as long as he could but was beyond help and we had to substitute him. Korey Smith had a haematoma and normally people do not play with those as they are quite dangerous but he wanted to play.
“They all came through it. Byron Webster had a problem, Ed Upson had a problem and they have all gone beyond the call of duty and the supporters will have been very proud of them, as we all are.
“Jamie McAllister has played 300 League games for me, at least, and 298 of them he wasn’t available for me the day before the game but has always come through.
“He is a man, he knows his body and his twin babies are causing him more trouble than his injury. We need him, he is a stalwart, our captain and a proper footballer. I am sure he will be okay.”
Aston Villa loan midfielder Daniel Johnson made his Glovers debut at Shrewsbury as a second half substitute.