Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, after his side had lost 1-3 at home to Newport County on Saturday 30th March 2019.
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CS: Neale, a defeat for your team, but I thought in the first half, your guys gave it a good go. Did you need to score in that first half, when you were on top?
NM: Yes, I think so. In our situation in the league, any boost of confidence from a goal can really help. I said at half time that someone could take the responsibility for putting the ball over the line. Just before the 1-0 we had two or three chances to put the ball into the box or to shoot at goal. We didn't do it, and they penalised us then about ten minutes later.
CS: What's frustrated you the most about today? It's been such a fantastic atmosphere around Huish Park, but ultimately results are the only things that matter.
NM: I thought the boys played really well today. They let the ball do the work and they weren't fearful. They tried to play football out from the back. Tom James had a fantastic game for me. But we didn't really create clearcut chances. In the first half we had a couple of half chances, and in the second half we didn't have the final ball at all, so we didn't have the shots on goal.
CS: Is that what you'll be concentrating on - the goalscoring and the creating of the chances, because it has been a lack of goals that has been hurting this team, hasn't it?
NM: I won't change it from what we did last week. We'll keep that going. I want players that want the ball. I implemented both 18 year olds today and I thought they did really well. But basically we need the goal to get us on our way properly.
CS: What about the goals you conceded today? How do you assess them - are you disappointed?
NM: I just said to the three young boys - Gabby Rogers didn't track back for the two-on-one situation (for the first goal), Josh Grant had the ball played inside him and it was not blocked (for the second goal) and for the third one Daniel Ojo should have cleared the ball, and didn't do so, and then we get punished. Then you've got experienced players like they've got.
CS: We've spoken a lot about the atmosphere. There were more fans here today. Were you impressed and pleased with the response that you got from the fanbase?
NM: I don't think the team let them down at all apart from the result today. So we need to work hard next week and try to get something from Swindon. I think the boys enjoyed it today, even though there heads are a bit down obviously. They just said to me when they came back to the dressing room that they really enjoyed the first half, and for the first 60 minutes.
CS: So as well as working technically this week, is part of your job about restoring that confidence and just making sure they are ready to go mentally next week?
NM: Well I've just said to them to not let their heads hang tonight, because they did a good job apart from the result, and we'll keep working on that.
CS: Have you had a chance to look at the results? I don't think it could have got much worse with the other teams, could it?
NM: We shouldn't be looking behind us. We have to look at ourselves only, and getting a result ourselves. There's enough games to get those points, and we've got to keep working.
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