Manager's decisions are 'for best of club', not individuals
GARY Johnson has stated his team decisions are for the benefit of Yeovil Town and not himself or individuals.
The Glovers welcome Nottingham Forest to Huish Park on Saturday on the back of a week where his player selection has come under scrutiny from loyal supporters.
The South Somerset side drew 0-0 with Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend, their first home point in the Sky Bet Championship not enough to stop them sinking bottom of the table.
Last season's League One top scorer Paddy Madden was dropped from the squad entirely, whilst attacker Sam Foley was also left on the sidelines, having made just two appearances this campaign.
Fans sung Foley's name during the second half, having warmly applauded Luke Ayling as the substitute warmed up in front of the AgustaWestland Stand at the start of the first period.
Whereas Johnson kept his exact reasons for team selection close to his chest, he said there were no personal motives behind his choices.
"Everything I do is for everyone at the football club," he said. "It's not for me, it's not for any individual. When the (autobiography) book comes out you can say things you can't always say at the time.
"You want the people who are not in the team to be fighting hard to get back in the team. They're left out for a reason and are played for a reason.
"People have to remember that we played Brighton, who were a play-off team, and although we didn't play ourselves we certainly stopped their best game coming out.
"We had more shots on goal than them but had the same amount of chances. You have to really take your chance when it comes, but you also have to be really ready for the opposition's chances.
"They're going to create some, but we have been as well. I'm sure that the ones (fans) that trust me will trust what I'm doing and every team that I pick is for the right reasons on that day."
Johnson also predicted Saturday's clash with Forest would provide value for money, suggesting a fast attacking style similar to Leicester City, rather than the patience of Brighton and Middlesbrough.
The encounter between the two teams is the first since Forest booked their place in the League One play-offs in 2008, with the visitors now plotting a climb back to the Premier League.
Johnson said: "What you can guarantee is a fantastic football match.
"Whereas Brighton played the game a lot slower than most teams – that's their pattern playing the ball around the back – Forest are very potent and quick. It's a little bit more like Leicester than Brighton with good players, quick combinations and they hit you on the break quickly.
"They don't have ten passes at the back like Brighton and Middlesbrough. Forest have a fast game so it's one that's well worth paying the entrance fee for."