Johnson hails Upson heroics

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson admitted that Ed Upson went from villain to hero after his late header sealed a 2-1 aggregate win over Sheffield United in the League One play-off semi-final.

Last Updated: 06/05/13 at 21:40 Post Comment

Gary Johnson: Delighted with play-off semi-final win over Sheffield United

Gary Johnson: Delighted with play-off semi-final win over Sheffield United

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Johnson felt Upson was partly responsible for Friday's 1-0 first-leg defeat at Bramall Lane, but the midfielder made amends when his 84th minute header sent the Glovers to Wembley.

Kevin Dawson had earlier cancelled out United's slim advantage in the fifth minute and both sides spurned chances before man-of-the-match Upson pounced to spark scenes of celebration amongst the home fans at Huish Park.

"We've been talking about heroes and villains and there was a villain out there who turned into a hero which was fantastic," he said.

"He (Upson) was one of those who had a bit of a lack of concentration in the first leg that led to their goal.

"He thought I might have left him out all week, along with a couple of others. But I gave those villains the chance to be heroes and that is what they did.

"Ed came up with something and credit to him. His mum and dad didn't call him Ed for nothing! I love them all to death and when I smack them I feel very sad, it is like smacking your little 'un, you don't really mean it!

"But I may have to smack them a bit more to get our promotion because we've come this far - we have to get this promotion now."

Yeovil were beaten 2-0 by Blackpool when they last reached the League One play-off final in 2007, but Johnson is determined to avoid another heart-breaking defeat.

"When you've come this far you can't be this close to the Championship and blow it," he said.

"We have beaten a big club in Sheffield United. Their lads on the day couldn't cope with the mentality and the mental toughness of our team.

"When the book comes out we'll have to look at the last chapter and see how we do at Wembley..."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

an we get one on the similarities between this year's Arsenal and 5 years ago. Or any other number you care to pick frankly...it shouldn't be hard.

mc1728
Liverpool: Five Similiarities Five Years On

R

icky van Wolfswinkel's remarkable record of one goal from one game at least deserves an honourable mention. And I'm willing to bet that at least one of Costa, Ulloa or Enner Valencia will earn a place on the list by the end of the season. Probably not Costa

stevenjameshyde
Top Ten PL Strikers Who Started Like A Train...

I

will also give up birthday Christmas and bacon for this to happen

badwolf
Ronaldo return ‘in place’

Footer 365

Premier League: Jose Mourinho confirms Eden Hazard's Chelsea contract talks ongoing

Jose Mourinho is confident Eden Hazard will commit his future to Chelsea, with talks ongoing over a contract extension.

Daley Blind backs Louis van Gaal's brutally honest approach at Manchester United

Daley Blind says Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal's brutally honest manner is good for team-building.

Premier League: Manchester United winger Angel di Maria delighted with Old Trafford bow

Manchester United winger Angel di Maria was delighted with his Old Trafford debut after the 4-0 win over QPR.

Mail Box

Who's More Miserable - Baggies Or Mags?

There's not a lot to choose between the misery of West Brom fans and the misery of Newcastle fans. We have mails on them, 'only QPR' and lots on Man United...

Forget it, Ronaldo Won't Come Back

A varied morning mailbox, with thoughts on Ronaldo, Daley Blind = Michael Carrick, Ed Woodward redemption, stick with Pardew, QPR's name change and marbles...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property