Johnson aims to seal a top six spot early
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson wants to secure a League One play-off spot by the end of the month to launch an assault on the top two in April.
Throughout the season, the Glovers' boss has broken his team's schedule into blocks of ten games and has left the last six as a potential opportunity to strive for automatic promotion.
The Huish Park outfit entertain Crawley Town tonight in npower League One, Swindon Town next week and return to home soil at the end of the month to face Walsall after visiting Carlisle United.
They are then faced with Notts County, Shrewsbury Town, Stevenage, Oldham Athletic, Crewe and Bury in what could potentially be the most important run-in of the club's history.
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Johnson said: "We are not quite there in our fourth block of ten. Then I will worry about our last six games. In each ten we have been improving.
"After 40 we need to see where we are. If we have consolidated our place (in the top six) that's where we need to be. With six games to go if you're to give it a real go, that's where you need to be – in the top six."
The Glovers are likely to be without attacker Sam Foley for tonight's clash with the Reds after he limped off against Hartlepool United on Saturday with a hip injury.
However, former Chelsea youngster Ben Gordon will be available having arrived as a free agent yesterday.
On Yeovil's promotion push, Johnson added: "I did say I felt that something was starting to happen and that was 6-7 games ago.
"I did feel we were on the verge of something, don't miss it. Some have missed it but some are coming back and they won't miss the end of season fun as we are right in there.
"We are right in there, competing with the top teams and we have got as good a chance as anyone else of reaching our ambition."
Meanwhile, winger Lewis Young has revealed his frustrations at being restricted to cameo appearances but admits it is up to him to force his way into Yeovil Town's first XI.
The 23-year-old has started just once since a summer switch from Northampton Town, returning from a four-month injury lay-off at the start of February.
Young – brother of Manchester United's Ashley – said: "It has been frustrating sitting on the bench but when the boys are doing so well you can't expect anything else.
"We have just got to keep your head down on the training pitch, keep working hard and keep making it hard for the lads that are playing to keep in the manager's thoughts.
"It felt like ages that I was out. It was a long, hard slog getting fit. Hopefully now it is starting to pay dividends with five and ten minutes here and there and hopefully I get rewarded with more in the run-in."
And with the Glovers very much in the heart of a promotion fight, Young said he was not the only player currently on the fringes aiming to impress Johnson.
"We have got one of the youngest squads and hopefully we will have the legs until the end of the season," he said.
"It's really exciting this part of the season and I don't know anyone who isn't champing at the bit to get those final games under our belts and see where it takes us. There's no reason why we can't finish up there."
After a disappointing goal-less draw at Hartlepool United on Saturday, Young was looking forward to returning to Huish Park for back-to-back home games against Crawley Town and Swindon Town.
Yeovil Town (from): Stech, Stewart; Ayling, McAllister, Hinds, Webster, Burn, Edwards, Brundle, Blizzard, Upson, Williams, Young, Dawson, Agbo, Hayter, Ralph, Madden, Fletcher, Gordon.