Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted that this afternoon's 2-2 draw against Bolton Wanderers felt like a defeat, after his team threw away a two goal lead at Huish Park. Having led through goals from Ishmael Miller and Kevin Dawson during the first period, the visitors clawed their way back into the match thanks to a shot from Lukas Jutkiewicz and a late Zat Knight header, giving the Trotters a point they didn't look like getting at the break.
Speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, Gary felt that he witnessed a 'magnificent' first half, but that his team were 'sloppy' at the start of the second period, letting the visitors back into the game. He explained how the game had panned out:
"I thought we were magnificent in the first half, and the reason why it feels like a defeat to all of us - supporters, players and management - even though we drew, is because of the nature of it. We were 2-0 up and we were going strong. We didn't come out very well after half time, although I got them out early and they had a little chat amongst themselves. But Bolton got that early goal which got them a little bit more impetus, and we had to defend. We've then put ourselves into a great position to go 3-1 up with about ten minutes to go. We hit the post from the penalty and we seem to be hitting the post a lot at the moment, so instead of 3-1 we were still at 2-1, and so that then gave them that little bit of momentum to give it a go, which they did. I think Marek (Stech) made a little bit of a mistake in coming flying out and unfortunately the biggest bloke there (Zat Knight) got a touch and it went over us and then it's 2-2."
Johnson admitted that he had delayed going into the Yeovil dressing room after the final whistle, delaying his entrance until he had composed his thoughts. With nine games remaining of the 2013-14 season, after the Glovers play league leaders Leicester City on Tuesday, they face a crucial trio of matches against Barnsley, Blackpool and Charlton Athletic, with all three struggling around the lower end of the season. Gary explained it was important that they kept focus on the bigger picture rather than lashing out in a destructive way:
"We're obviously really really disappointed but looking at some of the other results, it could be a point gained, but also two points lost. I didn't go straight into the dressing room because I was really disappointed. I know that we've got a game in three days time against Leicester, and a massive group of games in Charlton, Blackpool and Barnsley coming up. So I tried to calm down, because although I'm going to give them a bit of stick, it also had to be with the thought that there's still a lot of the season left to play. It's football and we have to deal with it, and we have to make sure that everybody is ready for the next game. You can't be flat and down for too long."
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