Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, after his side lost 2-0 against Crewe Alexandra on Friday 19th April 2019.
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CS: Neale, I'm not sure what went wrong with that. It seemed that nothing went right today.
NM: I don't agree with that, but I think our game was a bit on the back foot after the mistake with Omar Sowunmi and Bevis Mugabi. With a side like Crewe they've got nothing to lose. They're not going anywhere. I think that they picked their game up, but we actually got back into the game. We didn't really threaten, but we were back in it, and there was only one goal in it. We brought Matty Worthington on, but with his first touch he lost the ball as well, and gave them the ball again. But given the red card and a man down in these temperatures, there wasn't much in it for us today. But at least we kept it at two only. One of the boys said it might go to the last game, and it does look like that, because we've got out of jail for the third week week on the bounce. We've got a chance on Monday to jump above those two as they've got two hard games. It could go all the way to the wire.
CS: I've got to ask you about Adel Gafaiti's red card. What did you see if it, and what did you make of it?
NM: We seem to think he's contacted him (Nicky Hunt). What way he did it, we'll discuss that with him on Sunday. But I said it before the game, and wrote it massively on the board to be disciplined. Discipline also means making sure you don't get involved in any stupid off the ball actions. And he did it, so we'll have to discuss that.
CS: That will be dealt with internally, and of course the knock-on is that you'll lose him for the rest of the season. A three game ban and he won't be available to you now.
NM: That's part of football. That's why you've got a squad. We'll deal with all that internally.
CS: Is there any chance with him being suspended and Gary Warren out for the season that Craig Alcock and Carl Dickinson might come back in? Or are they gone for the season?
NM: We'll see what develops. We've got enough players on the bench, and with the players that have not been playing at the moment. We've got Rhys Browne coming back on Monday as well, so we've got an addition to the squad on Monday. So no, I'm not worried about that.
CS: Ryan Seager came off at the end and left you with nine men for the last couple of minutes. How bad is he?
NM: He said he twisted his knee a little bit but he's going to be alright. It'll be iced up and sorted out.
CS: So we'll go on to Monday, but you appeared on television this morning and you said that the takeover is complete. Is that a chink of good news for Yeovil today? Has the takeover been finally given the green light?
NM: Absolutely. I think Yeovil have been begging for it for a number of years. I'm obviously fully behind it, and I think that if the fans are not deterred by the result today, we've still got a massive chance to stay in the Football League. To get behind us on Monday - and I can't stop saying that. There will be a situation where we get a chance to go a goal up front, and hopefully we will do that on Monday for us.
CS: Just to confirm, you've heard from Rob Couhig, the potential new owner and he says the deal is now going through, close or done?
NM: Well apparently the contracts are signed, and it will be put in the EFL's hands now.
CS: Hopefully news within days. What do you need to see from this squad of players - they're just warming down behind us - on Monday against Colchester - to win that game?
NM: It hasn't got to look pretty whilst they're playing. But someone has got to get a chance and put one away, so that we get a bit of a lift. A positive lift that takes us forward. Because of the situation after ten minutes ... when was the goal scored? Ten minutes?
NM: Five minutes. It was totally unnecessary. It was a bouncing ball and they could have cleared it - both of them. No-one talked, and they didn't get rid of the ball at all, and we were on the back foot straight away. In these temperatures, with kids they can really play.
CS: As you say, the other two lost - Notts County and Macclesfield. So you move forward and the situation is as you were?
NM: Actually I think the goal difference got a bit better for us. But we've got to get a result, that changes the situation that gets some positivity in the squad, so you get a bit of confidence back. I think that after the goal we matched them. But then once we has the red card and the second goal went in and we were really pushing up we were lucky we didn't concede any more goals.
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