HUDDERSFIELD Town need to get the first goal tonight to take the sting out of their League I play-off semi-final with MK Dons.
That’s the verdict of experienced midfielder Damien Johnson, who played a starring role in Town’s 2-0 first-leg victory at stadium:mk.
The former Northern Ireland international pulled the strings for Simon Grayson’s side as goals from Jordan Rhodes and Jack Hunt put them in the driving seat.
Johnson, on a season-long loan from Plymouth, is taking nothing for granted, however, as Town look to finish the job at the Galpharm.
“It would have been nice to get a third or even fourth goal on Saturday because MK Dons know they have nothing to lose by having a go tonight,” said the 33-year-old.
“They are sure to come at us, so it’s important we weather any storm and be professional, because the next goal in the tie will be crucial and it’s important, if there is one, we get it.
“There are still 90 minutes to play and they will be going about it hoping to get the first goal and bring themselves right back into the game – so we have to be professional and look to do something similar to what we did on Saturday.”
Ex-Blackburn and Birmingham man Johnson hopes the fans will turn out in force to help cheer Town to a Wembley final.
“They were great on Saturday, absolutely brilliant, and it was fantastic to give them a couple of goals to cheer,” he said of the 3,481 who travelled down the M1.
“We really need them right behind us in the second leg, too, and we will be doing our best on the pitch to get them going and, hopefully, everyone will come along in a positive mood.”
Playing alongside Tommy Miller, Johnson took a lot of satisfaction out of the performance against Karl Robinson’s side.
“We worked on some stuff to try and counter the way they play and it’s always good when your gameplan comes off,” he explained.
“All the lads did their jobs and we always know we’ve got a goal threat, so to get a couple from a good team performance was pleasing.
“The two lads in central midfield for MK Dons are probably their best players, it was a good, tough game, and it was enjoyable when we got the right result.”