Chris Dunn: Yeovil give backing to stand-in goalkeeper

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson says he is confident keeper Chris Dunn will prove himself against Doncaster in his first start for the club.

First-choice Marek Stech is sidelined with a hand injury and they cannot re-sign Wayne Hennessey following his three-month loan.

And after Stuart Taylor's loan from Reading was ended after two days, Dunn, 25, has been given the nod.

Yeovil's goalkeeping saga

  • 10 August: Marek Stech breaks his hand in game against Birmingham
  • 12 Aug: Wayne Hennessey agrees to join on loan
  • 15 Aug: Hennessey's loan delayed by injury
  • 17 Aug: Free agent Chris Dunn and Man Utd youth keeper Sam Johnstone sign for Yeovil.
  • 21 Aug: Johnstone returns to his parent club after getting injured. Hennessey passes fitness test and completes loan to Glovers, which is extended until 17 Nov
  • 20 November: Hennessey returns to Wolves. Stuart Taylor is signed on loan from Reading, but returns after only two days for personal reasons
  • 21 Nov: Dunn is picked for game against Doncaster

"We are very confident going in with Chris," Johnson told BBC Somerset.

"He will get his chance and he's deserved his chance. I think the other lads would be disappointed if I didn't put Dunny in the team. He gets his opportunity and he's deserved it."

Stech broke his hand three games in to the season and Championship Yeovil immediately brought in Wales international Hennessey, who made 16 appearances before returning to his parent club earlier this month.

Prior to Dunn's arrival in the summer, following his release from Coventry, Johnson had used coach Gareth Stewart as a back-up.

But the Yeovil boss, who previously worked with Dunn at Northampton, said: "With all due respect to Gareth, he's a keeper coach now, not only a keeper.

"He will do alright when we need him on the bench, but we are coming into a period when we need two Championship keepers and if we get those it gives you the opportunity for those two to compete against each other.

"We don't need a one and a two, we need two number ones. I'm pleased that Dunny has got this opportunity and he will prove he's a decent keeper."

Johnson went on to confirm that former Czech Republic Under-21 international Stech is likely to face another month on the sidelines.

"The healing hasn't been quite right, it need another four weeks, so we have got to bring in somebody to cover that time," he added.