Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said following this afternoon's draw against Scunthorpe United that he was pleased to see striker Kieffer Moore open his account this season - but would like to have seen his side grab another goal. The Glovers boss was able to watch a player who he had only put on as a substitute two minutes earlier bag the games opening goal, as the former Dorchester Town player notched his sixth for the club - turning in a Sam Foley cross to put Yeovil 1-0 ahead.
Moore had been dropped from the side for Tuesday night's trip to Walsall, having previously started the opening three matches of the 2013-15 season, with mixed opinions on how well the 22 year old had been performing during those matches. Johnson's view was that Moore had been having 'a bit of a stinker' at times during those matches, and so told BBC Somerset that was about managing the situation and being prepared to pull a player out of a side, to later bring them back in:
"We had to take him out of the fray for a couple of weeks. For a young lad who has made a massive rise through the pyramid, with all due respect to Dorchester, it does take time. We're trying to put him on a very quick learning programme, and at a club like ours sometimes that's in the first team. I was pleased he scored because that will definitely help him, and that means that we've gained another player, as far as the crowd are concerned, and as far as his confidence is concerned."
Moore has yet to complete 90 minutes in a match this season, and Johnson acknowledged that sometimes he was making decisions that went against what the crowd wanted him to do at various points in those games. However, he said he needed to often help a player get through a poor spell of form in order for him to come through it and out the other side:
"I've got to make those decisions on the day. Sometimes you leave people out there when the crowd want you to take them off, and sometimes you have to bring people on when sometimes people are maybe are thinking otherwise. But to be fair to our crowd, they were very supportive, and that shows that if a crowd gets behind a player who is having a bit of a stinker over a couple of games, then they can help him turn that around. I have to manage it from that point of view. But I was really pleased that he scored."
The game was levelled in the 82nd minute when former striker Paddy Madden, whose name had been the most talked about in both camps leading up to the game, scored from inside the box to ensure the match ended in a 1-1 draw. Johnson was frustrated by that, as he felt that eventual scoreline did represent two points dropped and felt his side needed that second goal to make Madden's strike irrelevant:
"I think the way the game went, it was definitely a couple of points lost. We got our goal at a good time and we'd had a couple of one-v-one opportunities. Obviously Scunthorpe had come looking for that point. They did all they could to make everything run at a slower tempo. I thought the lads did well. I thought the many parts of our game were good but without getting that second goal that would have made sure that we won the game. If you don't get that second goal then you run the risk of somebody making a mistake, which is in my opinion what happened. You've got to get those two goals."
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