Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that his players were not strong enough in the battle during last night's match against Mansfield at Field Mill. The Glovers lost 1-0 to a Matt Green second half penalty, but probably felt that they failed to seize on an opportunity when a red card for Danny Rose left the Stags operating with ten men for 81 minutes of the match, giving the Glovers a chance to wear down their opponents.
Instead it was ten-man Mansfield who managed to stamp their control on the game, frustrating Yeovil by their physical approach to the game, and by deliberately running down the clock and the tempo of the match. Despite five minutes worth of injury time being played in both halves, the Glovers couldn't capitalise on the man advantage and instead succumbed themselves when Green converted a spot kick after goalkeeper Artur Krysiak had brought down Mitchell Rose inside the box. Way told BBC Somerset after the game that his players had failed to live up to their previous standards:
"I knew it wasn't going to be an easy game. It was a frustrating game to watch, but I was more disappointed with the decision-making from our players today. Certainly with the younger ones, there's always that question mark, as it's new to them as to how they handle this situation. I just felt that from what they'd done previously they didn't live up to their standards today. It's always difficult when you are up against ten men, because they just slow the game down. It was a sending off, and someone else led with an elbow, but I explained to the lads that was what it was going to be like and we had to stand up to that battle. I didn't feel some of them were strong enough in that battle."
The Glovers were not helped by two injuries forcing them to reorganise their defence during the match. After the game, Way confirmed that Ryan Dickson's substitution was down to the ankle injury that he sustained at Luton Town on Saturday flaring up again. Meanwhile, Nathan Smith's half time substitution was due to him needing stitches above an eye, following an incident involving a Mansfield player just before the Fourth Official's board went up for first half injury time.
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