Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admits that he is scratching his head at the level of attendances at Huish Park this season, but wants to see better crowds coming back for the pair of home games coming up. The opening pair of fixtures against Oldham Athletic (3,237) and Milton Keynes Dons (3,274) produced the clubs lowest two gates for league matches since entering the Football League, and whilst that was followed up by 5,001 turning up two weeks later for the visit of Sheffield United, that was boosted by 1,396 Blades fans on the Copse Road Terrace.
Tonight the Glovers have a home game against Wycombe Wanderers, which is quickly followed up by a Saturday fixture that sees Sheffield Wednesday head down to Huish Park. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton acknowledged that crowds were much lower than in past seasons, but wanted to see a boost in the numbers turning up at the ground:
"Me and Darren were going through a few DVDs of the old days, where there were packed ends and packed sides, and you sit there scratching your head. I really want the supporters to come out. I know it's a difficult time at the moment, but I am asking them to come. We're going to try to put on a good performance for you. If they play anything like tonight (at Preston) with the attributes and the determination and character of getting up and getting back in and really working for the club, then they'll be treated to a decent performance and a good show."
Skiverton felt that his side had had a tough start to the 2011-12 season, having played Sheffield United (1st), Milton Keynes Dons (3rd), Brentford (4th) and Preston North End (7th). The Glovers boss felt that some allowances needed to be made for the way the fixtures had panned out:
"I didn't think people have been recognising that. A lot of people that I see, especially around town, keep saying you got beat - you've been beaten again. I said yes, but if you were in the Championship and that was your start then you would still think that was a hard start in the Championship, if you were a small club that had been promoted. If we creep closer to that bottom four, then so be it, but with that spirit and determination tonight, people are actually playing for the badge again. That's what really excites me about getting into training on Sunday and Monday and then a real humdinger of a game against Wycombe."
Tonight's match at Huish Park kicks off at 7.45p.m. with tickets available from the Huish Park Ticket Office, subject to the usual matchday tariffs.
Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Preston Game (now extended to include further quotes).
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