Squad working every day to change attacking mindset
YEOVIL Town's players will work all day every day this week as manager Gary Johnson attempts to change their attacking mindset and build on an impressive reaction to double defeat.
The Glovers entertain Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday in the first of two crunch back-to-back league clashes at Huish Park.
Johnson accepts that his side need to pick up points against the Rams and then Reading to atone for losses against Birmingham City and – most recently – Burnley.
The boss took no prisoners following the final whistle at Turf Moor, demanding better from his attackers after chances at 0-0 were spurned.
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And after reviewing the match footage before returning to the training ground, Johnson said he was encouraged by how the squad had responded.
"I've seen a massive response in training and that's not exaggerating," said Johnson. "Sometimes you have to knock people down to build them back up again on occasions.
"We've got a group where we're honest enough to discuss it like adults. We showed them the video clips to show exactly why we said what we said and I don't think we've ever had an occasion where after watching the DVD and clips that anyone's disagreed with us.
"Then we'll work throughout the week with no days off to get it right, which is what we're doing.
"We don't think we're a million miles away, we've been in all three games and conceded three unlucky goals. We've had our chances as well.
"All we can do is keep working and trying to improve on all facets of our game, which is what we are doing."
Yeovil's strikers came in for particular criticism from Johnson at Burnley as Keith Treacy and Sam Vokes netted twice to punish the wasteful Glovers.
However, the boss added it was up to the team as a whole to improve their play going forward to make the most of their standing in games.
Johnson said: "It's not just them as individuals, it's us as a team that aren't firing. We've had a centre half that should have scored a header, a left midfielder that's missed an open goal and James Hayter had a chance as well.
"When we talk about the forward play we're talking about that as a team rather than just the forward players.
"But you need those forward players at the end of moves to score goals rather than in the middle of moves. It's sometimes about trying to change a mindset and that's what we're trying to do."
On hosting two former Premier League clubs either side of a third in the Capital One Cup, Johnson added: "It's a key game because when you are in the Championship and you've got Derby County one week and Reading the next you've got to be very careful.
"We believe that it is a key game and judging from the training it's a group of lads determined to get a result.
"That may change if they wake up different on Saturday morning but that's what I'm seeing. I'm hoping that will mix with our supporters coming in and being as colourful and as enthusiastic and as supportive as they were against Birmingham.
"These lads need them at this moment in time, this is the time when they need their fans. I'm sure they will be there and I'm sure they will cheer them on. That will definitely help on Saturday against a Derby side, who, like all teams in this league, are a decent team."
YEOVIL Town Ladies welcome FA Women's Super League giants Chelsea to Alvington on Sunday for a friendly. Kicking off at 1pm, the visitors are expected to field a mix of first and reserve team players against the Glovers.