Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that his side lacked commitment during the second half of yesterday's 0-2 defeat against Lincoln City. Whilst the Glovers boss was content with his side's first half performance, he admitted that his team didn't come up to scratch once Matt Green had given the Imps a 50th minute lead. From that moment onwards, the Glovers failed to have a single shot of any kind, and rightly lost the game as a consequence.
This is not the first time that Way has criticised his side for their response to falling behind, with him having said after the November match at Carlisle United's Brunton Park ground that he was disappointed with the players' reaction to the Cumbrians opening goal. On this occasion, he rued his side's missed opportunity, with Olufela Olomola having been put through in a one-v-one just before Green's goal. He felt that fear set into his side's play after that:
"I think we were quite happy with the first half, but yes quite clearly we are very disappointed with the second half. It seems to be like a pattern with the margin of error. We go one-v-one with the keeper, and we just miss that opportunity. I thought it was a great goalscoring chance to put us 1-0 up. Within two minutes they countered down the other end, and it was a great finish from their lad (Matt Green). I think that with having a young squad, I've seen too many occasions where there was a little bit of fear that set in. Players weren't confident, and they weren't finding their right pass at the right time."
With boos at the end of the match, Way acknowledged supporters frustrations. The Glovers boss made his final two substitutions following the goal with Sam Surridge and Connor Smith brought on to try to change matters. But that didn't really alter the pattern of the game, and Way admitted that the problem was not down to just the players he decided to replace:
"I think we could have been out there for a long time, and no matter what I changed - it wasn't just one player; it was as a team. I didn't really see any commitment, and the supporters don't want to see that. They want to see players wanting the ball, even if it's not the right pass at the right time. They want to see more energy and they want to see more commitment. So I understand their frustration. But it's a work in progress for me. When you go 1-0 down, there's a little bit of disappointment. The noise is a little bit different, and that's when you expect the personality and character to stand up and show a real good commitment and confidence to get the game back. We didn't do that."
Darren Way also disclosed after the match that Oscar Gobern's problem is a hamstring injury, rather than the knee problem he was thought to have when he went down during the fifth minute of the match. At present there is no indication of how serious a problem it is, but it would seem almost inevitable that he will not play in Tuesday night's FA Cup Second Round Replay against Port Vale.
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