Johnson - We Need To Dig Deep
Manager Gary Johnson has said that Yeovil Town will have to dig deep this season because teams in League 1 will now know what we are capable of following our promotion from the division the other year, and the way we showed we could compete at the Championship level at points.
Having been relegated alongside Doncaster Rovers, we of course face them in the opening game of the season.
Speaking to the Western Gazette the gaffer explained.
'The first one you always look for is the opening game as a manager and a home match against our arch rivals Doncaster is a good one. We seem to go up and down with Doncaster which is unbelievable, so it's probably equally unbelievable that we've landed them in the first game.'
Johnson goes on to say that by the time the players return for pre season, any hangovers left from our relegation and the disappointment that brought last season should be long gone now, and the players should be focused and raring to go to make up for it and have a good season to really consign it to history.
'We've got to look back and enjoy the experience and enjoy it so much that the entire club strives to get back there quickly. That's the motivation. We've got to enjoy playing in League 1 and the players and management all know what the prize is at the end of the season. We know what it feels like and want to experience that again.'
Johnson goes on to say that Tuesday was a day of great expectation when he met the board and had a meeting with all the staff, because fixture release day really does signal the beginning of the new 'work' year and at this stage of the season you don't know which teams will push on from their last campaigns, which teams will have a stuttering start and not get into a flow, and of course there's the budget issues and star players possibly being sold, so not knowing really does amp up the excitement.
With that said, he does however know that you can't overly worry about what you can't control when it comes to future opposition, it's about making sure we hit the ground running and are prepared.
'I think people will be a bit more aware of Yeovil this year as far as being competitive at this level. They've seen what we did previously in League One and how we performed in the Championship, so we're not going to be able to take our eye off the ball.'
All down to how we strengthen now given the departures and the likely departures of others.