Positives For Johnson Despite Defeat
Manager Gary Johnson was left to bemoan another slow start from Yeovil, and the conceding of three avoidable goals, in the game today against Nottingham Forest but there were positives that the gaffer could take from the game.
Speaking to the press following the match Johnson said we did have Forest 'on the ropes' for periods of the game, especially when the score was level and then at two one, but ultimately their quality and the reason they are challenging for promotion this term, came through.
'Nobody likes losing, I'm one of the world's worst at coping with it but we have to be a little bit realistic. We started off poorly, we gave them a couple of goals from giving the ball away but we scored a good goal in between but it took a little while to get our game going.'
Johnson goes on to say that once we did start passing it around he knows we did cause them problems, and in the second half especially we had them worried, the crowd was getting nervous and the game could've gone in a different direction had we taken the chances that fell to Jamie McAllister and Joel Grant especially.
The third goal for them was what ultimately killed the game for us in his mind, which he feels is unfortunate because we were in it and he certainly wouldn't have ruled out us going on to get the leveller.
For Johnson he admits results wise it hasn't been a good run of late, especially pointing to the last three including Southampton in the Cup, but he's bouyed by the fact that the team are learning all the time so as we cycle back round to those games now not against top quality opposition or those nearer the top of the league playing for a shot in the Premiership next season, and we begin facing teams in and around us at the bottom of the league - what will count is how much we have learnt and how we respond in those games that will ultimately decide our fate in the Championship this season.
And he has a good point really, the first half of the season has been about learning, coping and adjusting to life in the division. Being able to compete as we have done in many games where even a point may have been a fairer result is a good boost, and anything from the promotion chasers is a bonus. What counts in the second half of the season is our own mini league battle with teams at the bottom and the table is looking increasingly more uncomfortable with that six point gap now existing - but that is only two wins so not unsurmoutable IF we can start getting the points from those teams around us again.
The rest of February doesn't look too inviting given our position, but they are four games at home, and an aim of at least four points, if not six with an eye especially to the games against Doncaster and Millwall can at least be gone for.
Leeds and Watford, a point a piece maybe?
Four points however they come, would put a move favourable gloss on the league table again. There are enough games left but those must win matches need to start returning three points now and the sooner the better.