Boss tempted to make loan move before weekend clash
GARY Johnson could this week dip into the loan market and add a new face to his Yeovil Town squad ahead of the weekend visit of Brighton and Hove Albion.
The Glovers host the Seagulls on Saturday following the second international break of the season and are keen to end a wait for a second Sky Bet Championship win that stretches back to the opening day.
They are yet to score at home in open play in the league and with striker Michael Ngoo returning to Liverpool last week after his season-long loan was terminated, Johnson said an imminent replacement could be on the cards.
Speaking following Tuesday night's 8-0 friendly success at Wincanton Town, Johnson said: "We might bring in another player this week, at some time, but had to wait until Wednesday before we knew for sure."
The midweek clash at Moor Lane, organised to mark the unveiling of Wincanton's new floodlights, provided Johnson with an opportunity to give almost all of his squad the chance of game time before the resumption of the competitive schedule.
Before locking horns with the Toolstation Western League First Division newcomers, the boss headed to Buckler's Mead Leisure Centre in Yeovil with assistant Terry Skiverton and coach Darren Way to open their new gym.
Although the score line against Wincanton suggested the Glovers made light work of their opposition, Johnson said some of his players were yet to learn exactly what was expected of them in terms of work rate.
He said: "We were happy to play the game as they are our local friends and there were more at the game than at Wembley – it was unbelievable. It was a fantastic turnout and we're really pleased with that.
"To get a couple of goals is always really good for certain people, so I'm pleased with that as well. There were things I was pleased with and some that I wasn't pleased with, but they will remain in the dressing room.
"The lights look good and it was another run out where you've got to be mobile and keep moving because the opposition are not that bad and they showed that in the second half when they got through us a couple of times.
"It was a good turnout and it was good to see a lot of our supporters with Wincanton fans who support both teams.
"Some of them (players) have trained well, some of them are still inexperienced and still don't know how hard they've got to work.
"On days like Tuesday there were still a few of them that may have gone over there for a stroll, when we didn't go there for a stroll. I will have let those people know that."
Brighton head to Huish Park having won three of their last ten, with assistant manager Nathan Jones on Saturday returning to the club where he made more professional appearances than anywhere else in his career before moving into coaching with Skiverton.
Johnson said everyone connected to Yeovil Town would have to go "gung ho" for victory. "I'm really looking forward to Saturday," he said.
"We know it's a big game and every game where we don't win, the next one becomes even bigger.
"The one where we do pick up the next win we will need to be gung ho with the whole club being enthusiastic and absolutely up for it – the whole club.
"That's the team I've got to pick and I'm sure if I have got to pick the supporters I'll have to pick the 100 per centers out of them as well.
"But I'm sure that they will be there anyway, as they always are."