Rest could be as good as a change after free weekend
THE well-worn proverb states that a change is as good as a rest. But if the past week is anything to go by you could argue that turning that statement around would be more suitable for Yeovil Town.
After the novelty of our first ever international break last weekend, the Sky Bet Championship roars back to life for the Glovers on Saturday with a trip to Sheffield Wednesday and the relatively-familiar Hillsborough.
Manager Gary Johnson handed his players an extended break before returning to training on Monday and fans have seemingly done similar.
Concerns about scoring goals are still there – after all, no games means no chance to prove otherwise – but the extent of that worry has subsided slightly with no action to mull over.
Both Johnson and assistant Terry Skiverton wanted their squad to make the most of their time off to return refreshed and re-invigorated.
The start to the season has been dramatic, entertaining and most certainly gruelling, as the Glovers make the step up to the second tier of English football and a division many believe they will struggle in.
However, they have already proven on a regular basis that they deserve to be a Championship club, even if the results have not followed and the learning curve remains steep.
But a clear weekend can provide a clear head, with both body and mind benefiting from time out. Hopefully, Yeovil have returned this week with a renewed vigour and determination, ready to hit the ground running again.
Although only hitting the net will truly alleviate any strain, the aforementioned time away can ease that pressure, allowing players to focus on that target without the unrelenting grind of games.
The next five days see Johnson's men lock horns with two teams that may boast an ex-Premier League pedigree but currently fail to evoke the same level of anxiety as the likes of Reading and Derby.
It is more than feasible to argue that the Glovers can get at least a point from both Wednesday and Ipswich Town, such has been their opponents' recent form. By next week's newspaper, positive results could further boost clarity about the season brought by the international break.
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