Gary Johnson: Yeovil Town must not be Wembley tourists

Gary Johnson


Sunday 19 May
13:30 BST
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Manager Gary Johnson says Yeovil Town must not go to the League One play-off final at Wembley as "tourists".

The Glovers beat Sheffield United 2-1 on aggregate in the semi-final to set up a meeting with Brentford on Sunday.

"We need to make sure we're not going to Wembley as tourists," Johnson told BBC Somerset.

"We're going there to do a job and we need to make sure they bring their best game out in a massive circumstance," he added.

Yeovil finished the season two points behind third-place Brentford but beat them twice over the campaign - a 3-1 away win and a 3-0 victory at Huish Park.

The Glovers were trailing 1-0 going into the semi-final second leg against Sheffield United but levelled the tie inside five minutes, then sealed victory with Ed Upson's late header.

And although celebrations ensued after their triumph, Johnson is confident his side are in their best shape going in to Sunday's game.

"I know this group of lads are committed to this game. I can tell in their training," said the 57-year-old.

"These last few days have been pretty intense for them, which is good as it gets them in game mode.

"They would kick their granny at the moment. We just need to make sure they peak on Sunday afternoon."

Johnson twice led the Somerset club to automatic promotion, to League Two and League One, during his first spell in charge between 2001 and 2005.

He also gained play-off experience during his time as Bristol City boss, when his side lost to Hull in the Championship play-off final at Wembley in the 2007-08 season.

"Experience always helps and there's no substitute for it," added Johnson.

"I never said that when I was younger but now I'm a bit older I can see exactly what that means.

"But it will come down to details and probably a bit of luck. You can alleviate the luck by turning up and making sure we recognise our Yeovil game on the day.

"This is one chance. We've read the script quite well over the last few weeks. As a club we are all rooting for each other and that's the main thing."

Yeovil have once before made the League One play-off final at Wembley, against Blackpool in 2007, but their bid ended in a 2-0 defeat.

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