16th February 2017

The Glovers netted four times in the reverse fixture back in September in a resounding 4-2 win over Gary Johnson’s Robins.

Yeovil have drawn their last two matches after conceding late goals and Whitfield is keen for himself, and the other forward-thinking players at the club, to add more goals to their game to ease the burden on the defence.

“We need to score a few more goals to relieve the pressure on the back four,” he told YTFC’s official YouTube channel.

“We all work hard up there. Our work rate is really good; it’s high intensity but we need to score more goals.

“In training, the gaffer is always putting on shooting sessions, and all the strikers are out scoring goals. We just need to put it into practice on the pitch.

“It’s taking responsibility for yourself. Us front three need to take more responsibility for not scoring.”

He added: “We’ve had seven draws in the last ten games and if we’d have won a few of them like we should have done then we’d be right up there in the table. 

“We don’t want to be in relegation battle this season. It’s a big game for us Saturday and we do need the win.

“We got a few goals in the last game (against Cheltenham) so it would be nice score that many again.”

Whitfield joined on loan from Bournemouth at the beginning of the campaign and had his temporary stay extended until the end of the season in January.

The 20-year-old has featured 31 times for the Glovers and says he has thoroughly enjoyed his experience in Somerset.

“The environment is a great one to be in,” he said.

“The gaffer (Darren Way) is very passionate, comes in everyday and drives the place which is perfect me and the lads.

“It’s a lot different to playing Under-23s. There’s a lot more riding on it and there’s nothing better than going out on a Saturday and playing for three points with the fans right behind you.”

He continued: “I’ve improved my all round game.

“I want to get on the scoresheet a lot more, whether that’s in midfield or out wide and get a few more assists which is something I’ve spoken to the gaffer about.”