Scunthorpe United have nothing to fear against Yeovil Town, says midfielder Josh Walker
TWO of League One's form teams go head-to-head this afternoon when Scunthorpe United travel to Yeovil Town.
They may be at opposite ends of the table, but Iron midfielder Josh Walker says three home wins in the last week will have made many sit up and take notice of Brian Laws' men.
After a season of struggle, a 3-1 victory over Carlisle United in midweek lifted them up to 18th, five points clear of the drop zone.
Although not surprised to see the Glovers fighting for a play-off spot, having worked with boss Gary Johnson during a loan spell at Northampton Town a couple of years ago, Walker insists United now head south with 'nothing to fear'.
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"Four or five weeks ago, teams were probably looking at it and saying, 'Scunthorpe aren't going to catch us', because any time we seemed to pick up points everyone else was winning, so we weren't getting anywhere," said the 24-year-old.
"But the three wins we've managed to get in quick succession have really pushed us up the league.
"Preston are on the same points as us and four or five weeks ago we looked like we would never catch them. It just shows what you can do if you put a few wins together.
"We've won three in a row, which is great, but now we travel to Yeovil who are flying.
"They're a team who, like ourselves, haven't got a massive budget but have probably overachieved, whereas we've underachieved this year.
"They're a side that we've got to look to aspire to.
"The manager they've got down there is a really good motivator and a great guy.
"He's one I've worked with before and I can see why they're doing so well with someone like him in charge.
"We go there full of confidence and with nothing to fear, but we have to go there wary of their capabilities.
"They've got Paddy Madden, who's top scorer in the league (with 17 goals).
"We have to respect them but also go there with no fear."
Tuesday's game against the Cumbrians was Walker's first start for the first-team since November after being sidelined with an ankle injury.
With fellow midfielder Damien Mozika also on the comeback trail, he knows there is plenty of competition for places.
"I feel fine. I've done a lot of fitness work, but really you can't beat match fitness and that's what I need now," said the former Watford man.
"I was out for about six or seven weeks, came back ahead of schedule, then I picked up a virus.
"The two games prior to Carlisle I came off the bench, so it was great to start on Tuesday.
"I just want to cement my place back in the team again.
"Everything's fine with the injury, the rehab was brilliant.
"It's been a long road, even though it's only been a couple of months, to get back playing.
"I fractured my ankle, so it was an injury maybe I should have been out longer for, but I put a lot of hard work in and I had people around me who knew what they were talking about, so I was getting the right advice.
"I'm back in the team now and we're winning, so I'm happy."