Gary Johnson: My faith in current Yeovil Town players reduces need for loan signings
Yeovil Town will keep faith in their current group of players rather than continuing their hunt for more loan signings.
Manager Gary Johnson had been monitoring the market to bolster his squad but has revealed that with personnel on the brink of a return he does not want to bring in more new faces just yet.
Carlisle United striker Paddy Madden, who has scored three in his two Yeovil appearances, is available to face Bury in npower League One on Saturday having been cup tied for Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy penalties victory.
Gavin Williams showed few ill-effects of a calf injury that has dogged his season so far as a second half substitute at Plainmoor, whilst Luke Ayling has “every chance” of overcoming a hip problem in time to face the Shakers at Huish Park.
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Bristol City’s Joe Edwards has served his one game ban for a red card at Tranmere Rovers.
Reading loanee Gozie Ugwu (hamstring) is also believed to be a week away from returning to South Somerset, meaning Johnson would have the maximum number of temporary players he could name in a match day squad.
When asked if he was likely to add to his numbers, the boss said: “I don’t think so. Unless something crops up where we can get someone that makes a difference.
“We have worked hard with this group of lads and we want to continue working hard, giving them an opportunity.
“We are going to be up and down on occasions but I am hoping that if we are there or thereabouts between tenth and six or anywhere near there then we can have a look and give it a right go in the second half of the season.
“We are where we are at the minute, we have been a little bit disappointed in our form of late but we will keep going and hopefully the lads will pick up what we are saying. When it all does come together we will look a better team.”
Johnson revealed his team practiced penalties on the morning of the Torquay game, describing their efforts as “absolutely awful”. However, the Glovers held their nerve when it mattered after James Hayter’s injury time strike had salvaged a 2-2 draw.
Hayter, Ed Upson, Williams, Jamie McAllister and Keanu Marsh-Brown converted their efforts, whilst Marek Stech saved from United left back Thomas Cruise. Johnson said the unlikely victory in Devon boosts confidence ahead of an important week.
“We were pleased and obviously when you win a penalty shootout the boys are going to be more pleased than normal,” he said. “When you have won a game you are in credit. When we go into the Bury, Shrewsbury and Crewe games, they are three where there is no reason if we don’t just fine tune a bit and step up our game that we cannot get something out of them.
“All of a sudden you’re still in the JPT in the later rounds and you’re middle of the table, or more if you get some points. You always look forward to the next game after a win.”