Carlisle United v Yeovil Town: Warriors needed for longest away trip
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson wants only his warriors to travel to Carlisle United this weekend, leaving those not up for the fight in Somerset.
The Glovers make their longest away trip of the season on Saturday aiming to register their second win in seven games and climb back into npower League One’s play-off spots.
Despite not being confident of his side’s ability to bounce back in the immediate aftermath of Tuesday night’s defeat to Swindon Town, the boss now wants players to come out fighting.
He said: “We had 5,000 flags out there on Tuesday and I don’t think we gave the people enough to make them want to wave them and that was really disappointing.
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“That was the second time we had that sort of game and some of the boys had not been up for the big game.
“We have to learn about it and we have to learn about individuals. I have to talk to them about it in a strong and personal way.
“We have got a long trip to Carlisle but I think everybody (the fans) need to know that I saw what they saw on Tuesday.
“We haven’t become a bad team overnight, but we have got to get together the ones that are the warriors and leave the non-warriors behind.”
Yeovil will be without captain Jamie McAllister to face Carlisle as he serves the first of a two-game suspension for ten yellow cards.
However, the Scottish left back would have been unavailable even if he had not aimed a flailing arm at Swindon’s Andy Williams on Tuesday, with club medics ruling an ankle injury sustained at Doncaster Rovers requires time on the sidelines to properly heal.
On the absence of talismanic McAllister, Johnson said: “The solution (to coping without him) is that we try to keep Jamie fit.
“That’s why he has had 500-600 games, he’s been a stalwart at every club he has been at. He knows what to do at the right time. He created most of our opportunities in the first few minutes on Tuesday.
“When you get to a certain age injuries take a little longer to recover. He’s a warrior and when you lose that type of warrior it’s very hard to replace it. We’re aware of that at the moment.”
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