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Glovers still have everything to play for, insists upbeat manager Johnson

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 27, 2014

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, light blue shirt, heads towards goal in the build-up to the Foxes' late equaliser against Yeovil Town on Tuesday night PICTURE: NIGEL FRENCH/PA

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"It's all to play for" was the defiant message from Yeovil Town as Gary Johnson's men remained in the hunt for Sky Bet Championship survival despite letting slip a winning position for a third match in succession.

Kasper Schmeichel helped break travelling hearts at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night when the goalkeeper claimed Leicester City's 92nd minute equaliser.

The Glovers were leading 1-0 when Schmeichel came up for a stoppage-time corner and remaining forward when it was only half-cleared.

The Dane headed the right-wing cross against the bar before the ball bounced down and was forced in for sure by Foxes striker Chris Wood.

New Zealander Wood was credited with the goal at the time – but replays suggest that Schmeichel's header may have already crossed the line.

However, the Football League yesterday moved to settle the matter, officially awarding the goal to Wood.

The result came just three days after the Glovers had led 2-0 against Bolton Wanderers only to draw 2-2 and a week on from the 3-3 scoreline at Wigan Athletic, when the visitors led 2-1 at one point.

Although only able to take three points from as many games – taking their tally of points dropped from winning positions to 29 for the season – Yeovil are just one victory from catching fourth-from-bottom Charlton Athletic.

Fellow strugglers Barnsley head to Huish Park on Saturday with the bottom three teams locked on 32 points, Yeovil topping the pile on goal difference.

With plenty of action yet to come this season, Glovers manager Johnson warned the Addicks his team were snapping at their heels.

"There are eight games to go and everything still to play for," he said. "There are some games that some are going to win. We're all on the same points and Charlton haven't pulled away. We've got to play them and they've got some difficult games to play as well.

"It just shows you how you've got to have the momentum going into the last few games of the season, that's really important.

"You've got to have a game where the lads are giving everything, and that's what they're doing. If you take winning and losing out of the equation you've got to make sure you're giving your best and that's what the boys did at Leicester."

Schmeichel's effort prompted immediate comparisons to his father, former Manchester United favourite Peter, who netted nine times in a career that spanned 22 years.

Johnson joked that the stopper was the only opponent they had not flagged up when preparing for set-pieces in the build-up to the match.

He said: "Quality players put in quality balls and he showed the desire to get on the end of it. Of course we didn't put on the sheet in the dressing room who was picking up Kasper Schmeichel, so it's just down to the boys to be aware he's there. Let's not take anything away from them doing the club proud, because that is what they did. We cannot let it affect us in the next few games. How many people would have taken us to get a 1-1 at Leicester?"

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