Wretched run will give side skin tougher than a rhino
WHEN Gary Johnson said Yeovil Town's reasons for dropping points were making him sound like a broken record it was easy to sympathise.
As the Reebok Stadium emptied and the Bolton Wanderers' faithful went home whilst begrudgingly accepting a point against a side almost all of them expected to thump, I was left contemplating yet another weekend writing about officials.
As well as being tired of analysing decisions – or the lack of one – from those governing the game, it is getting increasingly frustrating documenting cases of what could have been for the Glovers.
In all honesty, a draw against the currently struggling former Premier League outfit was not only the fairest of results but hardly something to get down about.
Neither side did enough to deserve victory on an irritating afternoon in Greater Manchester, where the hosts' nerves seemed to characterise the clash.
Yeovil were incredibly fortunate to even lead entering the closing minutes, almost gifted a goal by the otherwise solid Adam Bogdan.
A keeper of the Hungarian's calibre should never be troubled by such a weak shot and only he will know how he contrived to allow Ed Upson's tame effort beyond him.
In the cold light of day, the Glovers have gone yet another game without proving a consistent threat in front of goal, a midfielder again netting and only a comical error putting them in a winning position.
Paddy Madden's return was a welcome boost and the Irishman was a lively, persistent and hungry presence in attack. But we're now in October and Yeovil's strikeforce were yet to strike at month's start.
However, the visitors entered injury time in command and three points in their grasp only for them to be cruelly snatched away.
It would be easy to blame the officials, but compared to some of the other clangers this season this is arguably the most-excusable.
The ball was clearly out of play – the reaction of both Yeovil's players and the home fans means there is no doubting this.
But the official on the far side would need to be superhuman to be able to see through a box packed with both defenders and a Bolton side that were desperately seeking the goal that has extended their manager's tenure.
More importantly, Johnson has bemoaned a lack of luck all season and this was finally their chance to enjoy an overdue rub of the green.
Last week I championed the merits of orchestrating their own destiny. On Saturday they did that only for another twist of fate to blow that argument out of the water.
What's not to say that victory on one of the grandest stages in the Sky Bet Championship could have kick started the run we all know Yeovil's play has deserved, regardless of how lucky?
The players' frustrations at Adam Baptiste's equaliser was easy to see, captain Luke Ayling ending another thoroughly impressive and mature performance with a yellow card for dissent.
There's only so much playing to the whistle and respecting the opinions of the officials' that one grown man can take.
You can only lift heads so many times before players believe those in black have a problem with little old Yeovil, which in itself will have a detrimental impact on performances and then results.
I'm not condoning mouthing off at officials, getting on their backs or even suggesting an anti-Yeovil campaign or bias amongst referees. I'm merely commenting on human nature.
As each game passes we are being taught that not only is the Championship a step up in standard but a step up in craftiness.
The Glovers are having to adopt an increasingly hardened exterior and their continued rotten luck will produce a skin to make even a rhino envious.