Johnson's Pride In Yeovil Squad
Manager Gary Johnson has said he couldn't be more proud of the squad for their efforts in the fourth round of the FA Cup today against Premiership Southampton.
Yeovil leave the competition following a two nil loss, but it took Southampton until the 70th minute before they took a two goal lead in the game which effectively sealed the tie, thanks in part to the huge effort that the team put in, which will leave many observers wondering how we are so lowly placed in the league table.
Even at one nil though, Johnson didn't believe we were out of the game by any stretch, and he told the press following the match that he believed Southampton needed the second goal - and they knew it - because the game was so close.
'We were part of a good match. We played our game and tactics and kept them down to only a few chances and created a few ourselves, so I was very proud of our team in the first half. I don't know if it was the hailstones but that coincided with us losing a bit of confidence and faith in our game and Southampton took over and started working our keeper more.'
It was unlikely to be the weather to be honest, it was more likely to have been tiredness and maybe running out of adrenaline given the effort we have put in for over an hour, but the positives to take from the game are massive and whilst the players might be a bit cream crackered for the next couple of days, pushing Southampton as we did, should give us a big boost as we return to league action.
The biggest thing we can take from the game, is that Saints did still play a strong squad full of first teamers. Clyne, Shaw who is linked with multi million pound moves to the likes of Chelsea, Cork, Schneiderlin, Rodriguez and Lallana are all good first XI players, and the likes of Yoshida, Hooiveld, Ward-Prowse and Do Prado are regular bench players and can't exactly be considered on the fringes of the team either, so even though they made changes only their two substitutes really were in their for experience, and even when they took off England international Lallana, they replaced him with Northern Ireland international Davis and that should be a big boost for everyone.
Hopefully later tonight, or tomorrow we'll get some good reaction from the players as well as it certainly should've been a game they enjoyed.