Intimidating little ground can work for Yeovil Town, says Bolton Wanderers defender Zat Knight
THE open away end, the rickety stands, even the makeshift car park told Wanderers they weren’t in Kansas anymore.
Huish Park has not changed considerably from the times when Yeovil were a juggernaut in the non leagues and regarded as one of the game’s most famous giant killers.
But there was a certain charm about the Somerset club, who have found a new fan in Wanderers’ club captain Zat Knight.
The big defender believes Gary Johnson’s Glovers could use their ramshackle home venue to their advantage in the final two months of the campaign and fight their way out of the bottom three.
“They’ve got a nice little ground and it’s intimidating coming here,” he said.
“Some teams like Bolton, who are bit of a bigger club, might think it’s easy coming here but they’ve got the fans on their side and they make it a tough place to come to.
“This is going to be the making of their season, I think. Their home form will be really important and if they are going to get out of trouble, this is where they will do it.”
Knight locked horns with man mountain Ishmael Miller, the former Manchester City target man who has flitted around several Championship sides before finding a home at Yeovil.
Miller opened the scoring with a neat first-half finish – doubled just before the break by Kevin Dawson – but then missed a crucial penalty to make the score 3-1. And Knight revealed that he had offered a few comforting words to his opposite number after the final whistle.
“He’s a strong boy, a bit unorthodox at times, but I think that’s 10 goals for him this season,” Knight said.
“He’s moved around a few different clubs and now he’s on loan from Nottingham Forest.
“He hadn’t done the job there but it seems like he’s come to Yeovil and found a new lease of life.
“I’ve known him for a few years and I’ve just said to him to carry on doing what he’s doing because he’s doing well.”
Such had been the frenetic pace of the game, both sides sank to their knees at the final whistle.
Wanderers’ fatigue may have been more out of relief than anything else “I think both teams had given everything,” Knight said. “I had some cramp in my calves and my hamstrings but both teams knew what it meant to get three points and you could tell that at the end.”