Gary Johnson: Yeovil Town must improve after 'embarrassment' at Colchester United
Gary Johnson has just days to “embarrass” his Yeovil Town team into an improved performance, demanding twice as much professionalism to face Tranmere Rovers.
The Glovers return to Huish Park on Saturday on the back of two away games that ended both their eight-game winning streak and unbeaten start to 2013.
Doncaster Rovers held the South Somerset outfit to a 1-1 draw at the Keepmoat Stadium last weekend before a distinctly average display at Colchester United was punished with a 2-0 defeat on Tuesday.
Yeovil entertain play-off rivals Rovers with just goal difference keeping them in the top six and Johnson demanding better than the “embarrassment” at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
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He said: “You let them know how you feel because they have got to know that and they have got to know they have got to be double professional coming into the next couple of games. They have got to realise that they were poor.
“That happens sometimes and it does not make it any easier but that was what happened against Colchester. Sometimes you give credit to the opposition as manager and you have to say that in their position they deserved their result.
“We have only got a few days to embarrass them into a big performance on Saturday and that against Colchester was a bit of an embarrassment as far as we were concerned, and that is with no disrespect to Colchester. We have been playing a lot better than that in recent weeks.”
Johnson added that just one point from two outings made victory over Ronnie Moore’s side a must.
“It’s a big game,” he said. “We knew we had two difficult away games and we have not picked up enough points in those so we need to pick up the three points on Saturday.
“It is doubly important that we keep up the challenge. The performance on Tuesday wasn’t a challenging performance and Colchester’s performance was that of a team in the relegation zone.
“We might come up against that again and we have got to be prepared to be better than we were on Tuesday.”
Experienced duo Jamie McAllister (ankle) and James Hayter (foot) are still doubtful for Saturday, having missed the trip to Essex having limped off at Doncaster.
Despite the absence of the left back and striker clearly being felt at Colchester, Johnson backed his current team to prove their potential.
He said: “Of course you are going to miss those sorts of players but we felt that we had enough to come into this game and if everyone played their proper, most potent game it would have been good enough and still might be. We don’t know if they’ll be fit for Saturday, we will have to wait and see.”
Matt Dolan made his first appearance since returning to parent club Middlesbrough through injury earlier this month on Tuesday, coming off the bench.