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20 April 2013 : Johnson Pleased With Adaptable Performance
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believed his side had to cope with a a great deal of change this afternoon, as injuries and personnel changes interrupted parts of his side's victory over Crewe Alexandra. The 1-0 win was secured thanks to an early goal from Joe Edwards, but it also saw a game that was punctuated by several forced substitutions.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the match, Johnson admitted that made for not the greatest of games, but he was pleased with how well his side adapted to the situation:

"I'm not sure it was a fantastic victory but it was a victory. The boys are going to need their little break over the next week or so, because mentally we've put them through the mill a little bit. Obviously today we lost our centre-half (Byron Webster) early and we had a new pairing at centre-half, and we had a new right back. We had to change our team quite a bit during the game. We had to substitute the sub, so there were a few icebergs out there today that we had to manoeuvre around. We done that and Crewe had a couple of chances and Marek was ready to help us out. But we stuck one away, and that was deemed to be enough on the day. Although it wasn't a fantastic end of season top game, we wanted to win it."

Johnson said that he was not too concerned yet with the injuries to Byron Webster (hamstring) and Nathan Ralph (knee) along with an unspecified second half knock to Angelo Balanta. Gary didn't reveal how serious they were, but said that he had been planning to give his stand-in captain a rest next week anyway and so wasn't seeing it as a crisis yet:

"I don't think so. With Webby, we probably would have rested him next week (at Bury) anyway. We'll have to see how he is, but he's got a couple of weeks anyway until the play-off semi-finals. We'll keep an eye on that, we've got to keep an eye on Matty Dolan, Danny Burn and now Nathan Ralph and Angelo Balanta. For a small squad it's been a fantastic effort to play 50-odd games. We can only be proud of the effort and the workrate that the boys have put in."


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