Opinion on start to season down to how full the cup is
BARELY three games into an historic season at Yeovil Town and already talk is of must-win matches, squad changes and alarming dips in form. Are times really that tough so soon at Huish Park this season?
Social networks have been buzzing all week with arguments that would suggest it boils down to whether your cup is half empty or half full.
Supporters, colleagues and even players, I am sure, would have no hesitation in placing my personal opinion quite easily in one of those two categories. However, my role right now is to present both sides with balance and sit, with consideration, between the two.
Applying a sense of realism to Yeovil's current situation would suggest that, with more than 40 games and 120 points to contest, life is not all doom and gloom.
But it would also be blinkered to suggest that all is rosy amongst the Glovers and an ambitious manager who rightly believes that three points from three games isn't up to scratch.
Against Millwall, Birmingham City and Burnley, Yeovil have at least matched their opponents, yet have just one scraped victory at the win-less Lions to their name.
We all knew life in the second tier of English football was going to be tough, but you get the feeling that they are not quite climbing that learning curve at a pace their boss deems satisfactory.
Johnson's new-look squad has the potential to be a hit in the Championship – and still very much could – but at present is only showing glimpses.
The manager himself pulled no punches at Turf Moor following defeat, picking fault in every department of a side that needs to learn lessons quickly.
Applying a similar analysis, it's evident – as touched on last week – that his most significant problems lie in a strike force that is yet to hit the net in four outings.
Paddy Madden and James Hayter so regularly last season were the scourge of opposition defences, combining and complementing each other to devastating effect.
However, that potency is somewhat lacking in 2013-14. You do not become a bad player overnight and there is no doubt they can make more than a mark.
Madden in particular will be learning fast about the new standard and the goals that we all know he and Hayter possess will both silence the critics and make columns such as these a distant memory.
But who will fill those boots if Johnson was to follow through his final whistle threat of changes, particularly considering his comment that even those on the periphery haven't made the most of opportunities allowed them?
Much has been made of Johnson's attacking options and, when given the chance, the replacements waiting in the wings such as Michael Ngoo and Sam Hoskins haven't taken it yet.
Defeat at Burnley brought into stark focus the importance of taking chances at Championship level and is a pointer they will certainly heed ahead of the visit of Derby County.
The Glovers have five loanees on their books – the maximum number that can be named in a match day squad – and Johnson will regularly review those in that number.
Chelsea's Billy Clifford failed to make Yeovil's 18 to battle Burnley, setting tongues wagging over his future.
Johnson stated that even his desire to allow those that earned promotion a chance to impress has an expiry date and with the transfer window closing in a fortnight he is clearly after a reaction.
Three points from as many games is by no means a disaster, there is plenty of time to find rhythm and having witnessed the Glovers clash with two teams targeting the top six we know Johnson's men have what it needs to compete.
However, such is the atmosphere for success generated and standards set by Johnson it's easy to appreciate just why people close to Yeovil want them to do more than just compete now the gloss of promotion wears thin to reveal the necessity of earning points.