Time must come for team to start making own luck
ANOTHER week, another defeat dominated by a refereeing decision and another column dominated by that man in black.
The neutral out there may accuse myself and, indeed, some Yeovil Town fans of being embittered and too keen to find excuses for our team's shortcomings, rather than face up to the problems that are actually leading to the Glovers' downfall.
Okay, goals – or the distinct lack of them – are turning into an increasingly large worry, especially as home fans will have to wait until October now to see their first strike at Huish Park.
But we all know a misfiring team is Yeovil's issue and it would be more of a concern if they were not showing the quality or desire to compete in the Sky Bet Championship.
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Fans could have been forgiven for arriving at Saturday's game with apprehension, wondering just how the Glovers would react to facing arguably the richest club in the division.
The reaction was quite simply superb and left you brimming with pride. Yeovil bossed proceedings, dominated the game and would have snared not only those first home goals but that first home win had it not been for the equal brilliance of former England international Rob Green.
However, just like their players, Yeovil fans are learning fast in the Championship and the longer the game went without a breakthrough the more likely it was that they would be hit by a sucker punch.
And yet again it came with large thanks to the referee. Even though the initial response to Gavin Ward's 75th minute point to the spot was anger, reflection means I can have little complaint with the penalty decision.
You see the situation cropping up every week throughout the country – Niko Krancjar tangled with Dan Seaborne outside the box, arguably tugging the defender, but experience taught the Croat to wait until he got into the box to throw himself to ground.
The tumble was theatrical, the decision heart-breaking, but perhaps the argument here should be about a player's honesty and ability to effectively buy a decision.
Manager Gary Johnson refused to blame that one decision, instead picking fault with a series of decisions that swung the tide.
That was the most concerning aspect of the afternoon. QPR looked a shadow of what their reputation suggested they should have been, but a string of perceived infringements handed them a get out of jail free card.
Players tussled, tackles were made – just as you would expect in a passionate encounter – but the Glovers appeared to be punished for simply going about their job, rather than for over-zealous or late challenges.
I don't necessarily buy into the debate that suggests 'little old Yeovil' suffer at the hands of the officials. If that was the case, I would have always reported on weekly drubbings and a team with supposedly the worst disciplinary record in the country.
However, it is safe to say that the Glovers have failed to have their fair share of luck since promotion. I know Paddy Madden nearly reversed over team-mate Dan Burn's leg in the build-up to the Wembley play-off final, but I'm also wondering if he's hit a black cat as well at some point?
But we can't keep looking back at unfortunate losses, it's time for Yeovil Town to knuckle down even further and take their destiny into their own hands.
Some say you make your own luck, and performances against the likes of QPR and Reading would suggest they will be rewarded.
Yet, Johnson's men aren't at present. You can only control the controllable, factors you can influence. In times like this weaknesses are brought into stark focus, with the importance of goals now even further exacerbated.
Across the park Yeovil are out-performing former Premier League clubs but are not dominating the clash when it enters the final third.
Saturday was a huge step in the right direction, where they came up against a classy keeper who clearly hadn't read his opposition's script.
Against Bolton Wanderers, Yeovil have a prime opportunity to seal yet more progress. The timing couldn't be better – a team with undoubted ability at this level, but desperate for goals, travels to another with a horrendous knack of conceding silly strikes.
Johnson shared many supporters' view that he would be more vexed if they weren't just unlucky.
But he will certainly appreciate the necessity for the Glovers to make sure they cast off the plucky loser tag to become worthy winners.