Conference champions Yeovil Town stay 17 points ahead of 2nd placed Morecambe with 2 games left to play after a stunning 6-1 win over struggling Burton Albion at Huish Park yesterday afternoon. Already on a total of 91 points at the top of the table, the Glovers are still on track to beat Wycombe Wanderer's and Colchester United's record total of 94 points from the 1992/93 season; and having scored 95 goals are also optimistically still aiming at beating Barnet's total of 103 goals scored during the 1990/91 season.
This was an outstanding team display by the Glovers against an admittedly depleted Burton outfit, manager Nigel Clough happy to rest key players for Monday's crucial relegation batle against Kettering and fielding a relatively inexperienced team. Striker Kevin Gall came away with the match ball after knocking 4 past Burton keeper Matt Duke; Gavin Williams and Chris Giles were Town's other goalscorers.
Match report: Yeovil Town 6 Burton Albion 1.
Yeovil boss Gary Johnson was delighted by the way his team approached the game: "None of these games are cakewalks are they," he said after the match. "You have to make them easy if you like by working hard and showing your ability as I said before the game and credit to the boys - they 100% showed their ability and their passion and that their seasons not over. I said that before the game - they are showing me that passion in training and in team meetings and to you in games. To score six goals, we did say in all due respect to Burton you're looking to leave these teams behind now and try and go up the gears, up a level and what we’ve got here is a lot of ability about the side, certainly a lot of pace and fitness which they showed again today."
"We’ve been playing well under pressure and I think that’s very good and that’s been a trait of our football team and they can play to the best of their ability under pressure. Yes it's nice when they can play without the pressure but with all due respect you wouldn’t be able to put that performance on out there without the pressure either. You have to have the ability and they have shown that week in week out whether there's pressure or not."
"I don’t know if you heard me on the touchline but I'd like to have gone have gone for 7 or 8 but the boys have set themselves a target of 100-odd goals and a target of 94 points to beat. You cant ask for anymore than to get six goals against a team that are mid table in the conference and who still need a point or so to stay up, which I hope they do because Nigel [Clough] plays it the right way or tries to play it the right way - but today we were on another level."
Speaking about Kevin Gall's outstanding contribution to the game, Johnson said: "Fantastic finishing! Again we’ve scored 95 goals this year and without good finishers you aren’t going to score those goals. Fantastic today and he’s dangerous. Kevin's not just a goal scorer, he and Kirk Jackson work very hard to win the ball back themselves so they are every manager's dream if you like - people that can put the ball in the back of the net and also win the ball back for you, and we have a team like that at the moment."
"Kirk came off because of a knee problem. The lad's studs went in to his knee and maybe put it out of line slightly and is quite heavily bruised at the moment. We'll let it have some ice and let it settle down and then we will know the extent of it. Sad really, one of our other records is for him to get the Golden Boot but maybe Gally will get it now!"
Johnson finished his remarks by saying: "We're in training again tomorrow [Easter Sunday] - there’s no Easter for us, we're not resting on our laurels. We will do a few stretches, touch up on a few of our free-kicks and corners and things, and prepare for Dagenham. It could be we go up with Dagenham or with Chester and you just want to win the games to have a bit of oneupmanship ready for next season."
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