Fans asked to back fight as management keep battling
YEOVIL Town boss Gary Johnson has asked supporters to back their Sky Bet Championship battle for the rest of the season whilst the management team gives their all to them.
The Glovers enter this weekend's international break second-from-bottom only on goal difference and on the back of a 4-1 drubbing at Middlesbrough last Saturday.
They return to Huish Park on Saturday, October 19 for the first of two home games to end the month, first hosting Brighton and Hove Albion before welcoming Nottingham Forest.
Decisions to substitute both Paddy Madden and Andy Williams before half time at the Riverside Stadium split opinion, whilst a section of the 236 travelling faithful were left disappointed by not only a lacklustre performance but the management team allegedly not going to applaud the fans at the final whistle.
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However, Johnson said he, assistant Terry Skiverton and Darren Way would keep "pushing, shoving and working" to get the points they deserved. He added that he had also received feedback from the Professional Game Match Officials Board on certain incidents that have infuriated supporters this season.
Johnson said: "Every game we owe the supporters a performance and to be fair although we haven't been winning games we have been giving them performances.
"We've had feedback now and have been told that it wasn't a goal against Bolton Wanderers, because it was out of play. The feedback has told us the goal was offside at Sheffield Wednesday.
"The feedback told us it wasn't a penalty against Reading so that's five points already. I don't think we've done bad for the level we're at and we'll keep pushing, shoving and working so we can win games.
"The supporters will need to support from now until the end of the season, we will try and give all we can and do all we can for them, win lose or draw. At Middlesbrough the opposition were better than us and we have to hold our hands up. We're sorry it was a long trip for them but that's the beauty of supporting a Championship team."
Yeovil fielded a strong side on Monday evening to thrash Radstock Town in the Somerset Premier Cup and travel to fellow Toolstation Western League side Wincanton Town on Tuesday evening to open their new floodlights.
Johnson said there was no chance of the players enjoying a quiet week without a competitive outing, stating he wanted to tap further into their mental state to determine which of the squad could develop the toughness to fight back in the Championship.
"It's a busy one," he said. "We've got to get it right and we've got to get the days right as to which days you use as fitness days. We were pleased to get the Monday game in and we're opening the lights at Wincanton next week so that's another good opportunity and will give us a runaround.
"It's more getting into their psyche, some of them have got to get mental toughness at the Championship level. Against Radstock there were people getting on the ball, people running with the ball, people playing one-twos and people sprinting.
"That's because at this level they've got that mental toughness and now they've got to get it in the Championship. We're trying to help them every day we work with them and we will get better. But we've just got to find the right 11 each week to do the job."
THE Glovers' match with Wincanton Town kicks off at 7.30pm on Tuesday and will be officiated by Mark Taylor, Ben Taylor, Andy Cowie and Kevin Richardson. See Page 97 for the thoughts of Wincanton manager Paul Down on the Moor Lane meeting.