WILY Damien Johnson warned Huddersfield Town’s players not to take their eyes off the two play-off semi-final legs with MK Dons.
The fit-again warhorse dismissed all thoughts of a Wembley trip and promotion after stamping his authority in the middle against Yeovil.
Johnson, booked after only three minutes for a lunge on Jonathan Franks, said: “MK Dons were on a good run of form before they lost to Walsall.
“When they came here, it was a tight game and a 1-1 draw. So I think we’ve enough on our plate with the two semi-final legs without thinking about Wembley.”
The on-loan ex-Birmingham star added Town’s fourth-place finish in League I was a bonus and added: “I don’t think any of us thought MK Dons would lose at home.
“We were just concentrating on ourselves and trying to end the season with a positive result. Having done that we’ve got some optimism for the play-offs.
“So to have the second leg at home is an added bonus. They’ll be two tough games. MK Dons like to pass the ball and we’ll have to counter that.”
He was not sure if Town’s play-off defeats against Millwall and Peterborough in the last two seasons would benefit the current crop.
“It’s too early to tell,” he said. “Most of the lads have had the experience of losing in the play-offs, but MK Dons will be wiser too after what they went through last time.”
On beating a workmanlike Yeovil Johnson added: “Training’s been really good recently. The key is to carry the Monday to Friday stuff into the Saturday.
“I thought we did that well against Yeovil. We played some good passing football. We’re unbeaten in three games now and we’ve got to keep that momentum going.”
He also dismissed season-long concerns among fans about Town’s midfield and joked: “They should come to watch training!
“All the midfielders, from Oscar (Gobern) and Scott (Arfield) to Diego (Arismendi) are talented players. But for whatever reason it’s been hard to get a settled pairing.
“Me and Tommy (Miller) have the shirts at the moment. Tommy’s a good footballer and I enjoy playing with him. But there are other lads pushing us for a start.
“It’s been a frustrating season for me with injuries. But I’m fit now and ready for the opportunity to play. But I’m not looking beyond MK Dons.”