Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that two defensive errors were at the heart of his side's loss to promotion-chasing Burnley, rather than necessarily the difference between the two side's strikers. Clarets pair Danny Ings and Sam Vokes took their seasonal tally to 33 goals this afternoon as they grabbed a goal each, but Johnson was annoyed that mistakes in the build-up to those goals allowed the forwards a chance to capitalise.
Johnson felt that Ings should have been closed down more quickly when he unleashed his opening strike, with Luke Ayling the nearest defender, whilst Shane Duffy's error resulted in Burnley's second goal that Vokes scored from close range. The Glovers boss made clear that he felt that Ayling and Duffy had performed well during the 2013-14 season, but he was frustrated that those mistakes allowed the away side to capitalise:
"The difference was that we made two mistakes, and they were two bad mistakes. Those top teams don't make those mistakes, and that gives strikers a goal. Then at the other end, we had to work very hard to create our own opportunities, and we certainly did create enough opportunities to come away with something. We hit the crossbar for about the fifth time in the last couple of weeks and Joel Grant had a couple of decent chances. So we're getting in there and we're not a million miles away, but it's not about the strikers - it's just about the whole team. You can remind them (not to make mistakes), but they already know that. As long as they haven't let you down that many times, which neither of them have, then you have got to move on to the next one."
The Glovers rallied late on in the match, with Kieffer Moore's 80th minute goal putting the home side back in the reckoning, and setting up a tense final ten minutes in which Yeovil could have easily snatched an equaliser. Gary added that he felt his team needed to start strongly from the start of matches, rather than only put the opposition on the back foot in the closing stages:
"We were just talking about that in the dressing room afterwards, because it takes us to get a punch on the nose before we start fighting, and really we've got to hit the opposition on the nose before they hit us. I think it's the level that we're at as well, in that we're not as experienced as other teams at this minute in time. The teams that are at the top are at the top for a reason, because they've got an assured game. I don't know what it takes us to start - you've got to make sure that your first pass is right, that your first header is won and that your first shot is on target and your first tackle is a good tackle. That's how you start. Obviously teams have to give it a go at the end when they're behind, but it would be nice to start like that."
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