Gary Johnson plays down Boxing Day ‘revenge’ factor against former club

Gary Johnson Manager of Torquay United wearing a navy blue winter coat and brown baseball cap

Gary Johnson, manager of Torquay United - Credit: Dave Crawford/PPAUK

Top of the National League and safely through to the Fourth Round of the FA Trophy, Torquay United tackle West Country rivals Yeovil Town in a major revenge mission on Boxing Day (3pm).

The Gulls, who expect to sell out their Covid-restricted 1,728 tickets, lost 2-6 and 0-2 to Yeovil in holiday derbies last season.

Manager Gary Johnson is playing down the ‘revenge’ factor against his former club, in public at least, but after admitting that much-changed United were not at their best in a 1-0 Trophy win at Southern League Chesham, he said: “There is a bigger picture, and that’s the league.

“All that matters against Yeovil is the three points.

"We know we’ve got to play better than we did at the weekend, and we will."

Despite their lowly position, the Glovers have not lost away from home and are especially dangerous at set-pieces.