Joe Edwards: Loss at Colchester United a reality check for Yeovil Town
Defeat to Colchester United could be the reality check Yeovil Town need to boost their npower League One play-off bid, according to Joe Edwards.
The Glovers tumbled 2-0 at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Tuesday, producing a display both midfielder Edwards and manager Gary Johnson slammed as not good enough.
The dismal display ended a nine-game unbeaten run and saw them come away from a game empty-handed for the first time in 2013.
Edwards, who has forced his way back into the team after moving permanently from Bristol City last month, said the squad were now looking forward to making amends against rivals Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.
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“It’s a different feeling but it’s that boost we needed to get us going and lead us to the end of the season,” said the 22-year-old who has also operated on the right wing and at right back during his time at Yeovil.
“All of us are driven and motivated for this promotion push so maybe this result will get us there in the end.
“We have watched the game a couple of times, seen where we went wrong and we know we weren’t good enough for us on the day.
“It will be a motivational thing for us and we will push on and be better in the next game. We knew it wasn’t good enough and the manager said that it wasn’t the performance from the last ten games, which was disappointing.
“He (Johnson) is like us, we can’t wait for the next game and we will change it around then. We have had a lot of good results here (at Huish Park) and hopefully the fans will get behind us.
“It’s the sort of game we want to be playing at this time of the season because we can go ahead of them. We seem to do better against the bigger teams as such so we are looking forward to it.”
Victory for sixth-placed Yeovil on Saturday could send them above their Wirral-based opposition, with just two points keeping them out of League One’s top two.
When the two teams met earlier in the season, a 3-2 win for Tranmere sent them more than ten points above Yeovil, with Edwards sent off in the second half for two bookable offences.
Edwards hailed the Glovers’ success in reducing the deficit and said the only dismissal of his professional career will not enter his thoughts at the weekend.
“The points gap got even bigger after that game,” he said. “It was disappointing for me to get sent off and cost the team at least a point.
“We have got points to prove against them, they have been at the top for so long and it’s excellent for us to claw it back and hopefully go ahead of them.
“That is the only sending off in my career and I haven’t had many bookings since so it doesn’t play on my mind. I am just focused on getting the win.”