Loan battle the priority for top flight midfielder
YEOVIL Town's Sky Bet Championship fortunes currently mean more to goal hero Joe Ralls than Cardiff City's Premier League success.
The loanee capped an impressive start to life with the Glovers by netting a fine volleyed equaliser at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Nineteen-year-old Ralls – with Gary Johnson's men until the New Year – created space for himself with a neat touch before lashing beyond Chris Kirkland to seal a point for the ten-man visitors at Hillsborough.
At the same time, fellow midfielder Peter Whittingham was earning an equally-important draw for parent club Cardiff at Hull City, striking in similar fashion.
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Identical 1-1 scorelines took Yeovil clear of the Championship's bottom three, whilst City consolidated their mid-table spot in their first season back in the top flight.
But despite Ralls' current spell with Gary Johnson's team being very much geared towards his evolution into a Premier League player, he said he had fully-immersed himself into the green and white way of life.
"I'm glad to see Cardiff have picked up points as well but since I've come on loan I'm obviously a Yeovil player," said Ralls.
"That was a good piece of advice given to me when I came here – become a Yeovil player. I've done that I think, I've bedded in with the lads and with the coaching staff so hopefully I will keep on playing and impressing."
Ralls' first Yeovil goal characterised a sterling fight back from the visitors to South Yorkshire, as they refused to roll over despite conceding in the first half before having Byron Webster dismissed.
The former Aldershot Town was said he was "chuffed" to get off the mark for the Glovers and said their performance boded well for the weeks to come.
He said: "I think we played well as a team but also when you're down to ten men you've got to be careful how hard you go for it.
"We didn't want to push too hard and then lose the game, which would've been a bitter disappointment. We are quite happy with the point and having gone down to ten men we are quite chuffed.
"It is hard (to play with ten) and the lads were knackered. We dug in and I thought we played really well as a team. We made it easier for ourselves, rather than giving the ball straight back at them and letting them come back at us.
"We did well and it's obviously sad not to get the three points but with the way things went for us we were pleased with the point.
"I was chuffed to get the goal and my first for Yeovil. I am obviously really pleased from a personal point of view. It's a shame it didn't spur us on to get three points, but I'm still really happy.
"I can't really remember it but I think I just touched it outside, it sat up really nice for me and when I saw it going in I was over the moon.
"We had quite a few shots, I had some and a few of the other boys had chances as well. That's a positive for us and if we keep having those shots we will get the goals, which is something that has been a bit of a problem for us.
"We definitely see it as a positive and we have to kick on now."
And although more accustomed to a central role, Ralls said he was happy operating on the left – as he has been with Yeovil.
He said: "I'm really a central midfielder but I have played there a few times for Cardiff and I feel really comfortable.
"For the first few games it's hard as you haven't played as many games with the others like the other lads have but I felt good against Sheffield Wednesday, my performance was good and we did well as a team."