Skiverton Talks Easter Fixtures
Manager Terry Skiverton has not been a happy man over Easter with losses to Chesterfield and Fleetwood Town.
Starting with the Chesterfield game, a three two defeat that saw us lose a two goal advantage, a very disappointed Skiverton admitted to the Western Gazette that Yeovil had been on a losing run for two years, and even getting two goals clear the fear factor of that and our lack of confidence came back to bite us.
'We've been on a losing run now for two years. Where we are in this current climate it's really hard and it's tough to take.'
Skiverton went on to fully praise the opponents on the day, saying you could see exactly why they are in the play offs but we had a fantastic chance to take all three points and a much needed win and we blew it ourselves again.
'In the first half I set up our game plan and everything worked well. We took our goal well, but we really struggled in the wide areas. We had to make sure we came out in the second half and not do what we have been in recent games. Then we get another goal and we're in dream world, enjoying ourselves. But it was a stupid set play that we gave away and as soon as that goal went in it seemed that it was back to the old thing of the fear setting in. Then the two goals went in and there wasn't much we could do about that. I know we could have a go at people about little mistakes, but they're a really strong side and fair play to them. In the second half when we got more tired it was harder to win the ball back because they're a really good footballing side and they exploited us.'
With Fleetwood up next and a heavy and embarrassing four nil defeat, a fuming Skiverton was quoted by the Western Morning News as saying simply put the players weren't good enough and with relegation effectively confirmed the club now had to just plan for next season and start putting some foundations in place for better moving forward.
Part of those foundations included shipping out players who had cheated the club over the past 12 months, because the door was now closed to them as they haven't done enough.
'This was last-chance saloon. The doors have finally swung and now there are a few people in that team that will not be able to get back into the doors of Yeovil Town. This day has been coming for months and it`s actually quite a refreshing day for the supporters that the club has got to go in a new direction. Things have got to rock bottom, but to be that open and exposed just shows that the group`s not good enough. If they`re not fighting for anything, they`re going to be out of the game. Our players have been cheating this year and the biggest thing that tells me is they played that well against Manchester United and they`ve never reached that again since. They raised their game for one game and that has been rife in the club.'
Skiverton said one thing he wasn't going to do was the let some players and this season bring him down because he knows exactly what he, Darren Way and formerly Gary Johnson had achieved at Huish Park and unfortunately the implication is that has all been undone with the wrong signings coming in, and not having the right attitude.
'One thing I`m not going to do is let this affect my coaching career because, with me, Darren Way and Gary Johnson, we got Yeovil Town into the Championship. Gary Johnson never changed at the beginning of this season. I never changed, Darren never changed. But do you know what changed? The group of players that we brought in, and they simply and utterly are not good enough. First of all, as professional footballers in the group, and, second, to do their jobs and be men. What I`ve had to go and do is because the group wasn`t good enough, I had to go out and get loans at short notice. It`s been a patch-up job. I`ve not had chance to manage the way I managed before. All I`ve been doing is dealing with adversity and pressure, but I`m happy with the way I`ve dealt with it. I`ve done the right things and prepared the team the best I could. But we as a club need to re-evaluate, rebuild and regroup and then go forward.'
Sounding very much like the future in League Two will be without Skiverton in the future, he had praise for the fans and for some players.
'The supporters were absolutely magnificent on Monday. They actually kept me going with some of their chants. If our players had half the commitment, half the personality to handle adversity, we`d be a lot better off. Even there at the end the players felt hard to go over and clap the supporters, and I`ve just ripped into them, saying: 'You were happy to take pats on the back when we`ve had success in the past and now you`re shirking the abuse or praise from the supporters?` That just sums this group up and sums up where we are.'
He went on to say that he felt Stephen Kingsley was immense in the game, and it was one of the best performances he's seen this season for an individual player, and he says that alongside Sam Foley somebody could build a team around people like them two.
'For the rest of them, you couldn`t build nothing around them.'