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Marek Stech's stunning return against Blackburn Rovers leaves Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson delighted with keeper competition

By WGSweet  |  Posted: December 23, 2013

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YEOVIL Town's unbeaten run may have come to an end, but manager Gary Johnson now knows he need not worry any more about his keeper spot.

Blackburn Rovers left Huish Park with a 1-0 victory on Saturday having been regularly thwarted by Marek Stech on an inspiring return to the first XI.

The Czech stopper's broken hand sustained in the first home Sky Bet Championship game of the season sparked a string of testing misfortune.

Wayne Hennessey more than impressed during a loan stint from Wolverhampton Wanderers, but only after an early injury scare and Sam Johnstone's return to Manchester United following one game with a finger problem.

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Steven Taylor lasted just days on loan from Reading and Chris Dunn injured his thigh at Barnsley last weekend.

Reflecting on Stech's starring role against Rovers, Johnson said: "He was and he’s always done the job, as Chris Dunn has over the past four games.

"The good thing about it is that we know Marek doesn’t need too many games to be on his top form because he was on top form without a game in more than 12 weeks. We’re pleased to have him available again.

"There's good competition for that position. They’re both good lads so they don’t need that competition to be training hard and giving it their best but at least we know if we lose one of them for whatever reason the other one can take their place."

The boss also believed Ishmael Miller could have earned Yeovil two penalties against Rovers but refused to be drawn into criticising referee Lee Williamson.

Johnson said: "I think they’re both good shouts, myself. Especially when you ask what the reason for not giving them is, you get told that it was the standing foot that slipped.

"I’m not too sure that’s what happened but I’m not going to get involved because it’s happened to us a few times here when we get beaten 1-0 at home.

"We have penalties against us and sometimes when the 50-50 ones don’t go our way sometimes the 60-40 ones don’t either. That’s how it is."

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