Yeovil Town acting manager admitted that tonight's 2-0 defeat against Colchester United was 'probably the end' of their attempts to escape relegation to League Two. The Glovers ended the night nine points from safety after another miserable evening in Essex that leaves them with just eight games left of their season, but in reality with most of their relegation rivals having pulled well clear of them over the last month or so, notably Saturday's damaging defeat at Leyton Orient and tonight's game at the Community Stadium.
Skiverton told BBC Somerset after the game that he recognised the current points gap was too much to come back from and and that now the objective would be for players to turn out for their future contracts, whether at Huish Park or with other clubs away from Somerset:
"For us it's probably the end of what we've been trying to do, and now it's just a thing of pride, perseverance, and I've told the players in that room now that they'll be fighting for their futures, whether it be here or elsewhere. It wasn't just on tonight, and it wasn't just on Saturday, which is two disappointing games, it's been through the course of the whole season."
The Glovers boss felt that his side had reverted to past defficiencies in recent games, despite having rallied at various points during 2015. However, he said that much of what had transpired spread across the whole football club, and across the whole season:
"I said in that changing room that everyone who has been part of this football club over the last season has got to take responsibility for what's happened. We've just gone out with a whimper. We changed the mentality in a losing squad for a short period of time but then they've reverted back to type, and they've gone back into their old ways and this season has just petered out. It's not been good enough for the whole 30-something games we've played so far, and now it's just about making sure that the players stay professional, and fight for the supporters who have travelled over there."
On the game itself, Skiverton was left frustrated that his team didn't take the lead during a first half period in which they created the chances. However, he admitted that one poor tackle and one piece of miscommunication out onto the pitch had seen Nathan Smith at fault for both goals. Whilst Skiverton didn't mention him by name, he admitted his left-back hadn't had a good five minutes, as a David Fox penalty and a Jacob Murphy breakaway gave the home side all three points:
"For us to be in such a commanding position during the first half - again! - there must have been about four or five scrambles across the six yard box, but we just don't seem to put it in. But then we started the second half and had a moment of madness, firstly for the penalty and then second of all we put information on to tell the person who gave the penalty away to get away from it as far as possible and get on the edge of the box, but the information somehow got lost in translation when it went onto the pitch, and we conceded a goal two minutes later, and the confidence just dwindled out of the players."
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