Defeats fail to take shine off Huish Park experience
DOUBLE defeat is failing to spoil life at Yeovil Town for Cardiff City midfielder Joe Ralls who is already backing his latest team to bounce back.
The teenage loanee arrived at Huish Park a fortnight ago boasting a reputation as a future Premier League star and a talent comparable to Welsh international Aaron Ramsey.
However, both of Ralls' Sky Bet Championship games in green and white hoops have ended goal-less and point-less, with defeat against Burnley followed up by Saturday's 3-0 reversal to Derby County.
But the former Aldershot youngster is confident the Glovers can make amends by building on opening day glory at Millwall as he aims to make the most of experience at the second tier of English football already gained with Cardiff.
Ralls said: "I'm over the moon to be here, to be honest. I've only been here a week but it was brilliant to go to Burnley and meet all the lads and then get my first home start.
"The result has taken a bit of a shine off it and is a bit gutting, but I'm obviously still glad to be here and it should hopefully be a good season.
"I feel like I am settled already. I have spoken to almost all of the lads personally now and I know a lot of the staff around the club now. It's a great club to be at and hopefully we can kick on.
"I would like to think I'm a box-to-box midfielder. I like to get forward as much as possible and it would be nice to get some goals. I want to keep my ball retention as high as possible.
"The Championship is a hard league and you don't want to be giving over possession. Hopefully I can do that and be a good player for the squad and the team."
Ralls, who will be in South Somerset until January, was one of three central players in a midfield five that struggled to get to grips with Derby's fluid movement on Saturday.
The Rams eventually broke down their hosts with two goals in quick succession at the end of the first half before manager Gary Johnson reverted to a more familiar 4-4-2. Nineteen-year-old Ralls was philosophical in defeat and said: "We started a bit slow and the two goals came in quick succession, which killed us.
"It was one of those games where we didn't really turn up. We addressed that in the changing room and I think it's one of those games that we have to sweep under the rug and hopefully we will bounce back."