Sheffield United: Johnson wary about repeat performance

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MICHAEL Owen might reckon they are a decent bet to beat Sheffield United, writes James Shield. But Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson, who yesterday learned the former England striker is backing his team to plot a course through the League One play-offs, has warned a repeat of last weekend’s performance against Bury could spell the end of their Championship dream.

“Our game has got us to where we are now and we didn’t recognise our game in that first half,” Johnson, reflecting on Yeovil’s 3-2 defeat at Gigg Lane, said. “It was a really poor first half, we won’t forget that and you cannot afford a half like that in the play-offs but maybe it gave us a chance to get into them so we don’t go into the play-offs complacent.”

Owen recently told followers on Twitter that Yeovil were his pick to win next month’s showpiece at Wembley.

Johnson, whose side travel to Bramall Lane on Friday before hosting the second-leg of their semi-final with United 72 hours later at Huish Park, said: “I’ve had that feeling we’d get Sheffield United all along and we’ve been looking at places so we can prepare.”

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