PETER JACKSON watched Town ensure Yeovil’s first-ever visit to Huddersfield ended in misery and told League II’s top three: “We’re coming to get you!”.
Jon Stead, transferred to Blackburn for £1m a month previously, was back at the stadium to see Pawel Abbott, the striker brought in on loan from Preston to replace him, hit the net.
And Danny Schofield (pictured) struck twice as Town won the March 2 fixture 3-1 in front of 9,395 to go within two points of the automatic promotion places.
Fourth, behind leaders Doncaster, Hull and Oxford, represented Town’s best position of a season which had begun with the relegated club coming out of administration.
And Jackson, given the brief of ensuring Town’s stay in the basement section was as short as possible, said: “Every player is ready to battle for every point available.”
The boss, who had rebuilt the squad over the previous summer, added: “We have come a long way this season.
“We are now in a fantastic position to achieve our ultimate aim, and I’m proud of the way my players are performing.
“The effort and commitment can’t be faulted, and we are putting real pressure on the sides above us.”
Schofield fired a second-half double after Abbott’s opener before the break as Town earned a ninth win in 11 games at the expense of Gary Johnson’s men.
Yeovil were three down by the time Darren Way grabbed a 77th-minute consolation, and while Phil Senior made a fine late save from Adam Lockwood, the home win was well deserved.
While Abbott’s 40th-minute volley, his third goal for the club, was slightly scuffed, he showed real intent to get on the end of Andy Holdsworth’s knockdown from Jon Worthington’s cross.
And Abbott was involved in both of Schofield’s strikes – the first just 31 seconds into the second half, when he freed Anthony Lloyd to scamper down the left and cross.
The third arrived on the hour, with skipper Efe Sodje turning defence into attack with a well-placed 40-yard pass.
As Abbott took possession on the left, Schofield was already on the move to meet the delivery and chip over keeper Chris Weale.
Yeovil stuck to their task, and were lifted when Way shot home low, but they had left it too late as Town defended with determination.
“The manager has told us we’re good enough for automatic promotion,” said Schofield.
“If it doesn’t happen, then we’ll go through the play-offs, and whatever route we take, we’ll be giving 100%.”
Schofield hailed the impact of Abbott, adding: “From day one in training, you could see he has something about him.
“He’s got an eye for goal himself and he brings others into play.”