Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes that he got a good spirit of performance today, when assessing his side's 0-0 draw against Mansfield Town at Field Mill. The Glovers managed only their fifth point on the road of the 2017-18 season when they managed to get a clean sheet against a Stags side currently in an upper mid-table position.
Way suggested that his side could have been a goal or two up at the break, with AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge getting the pick of the chances when his header came back off the woodwork. He praised his players for putting in a 'magnificent' performance:
"I think we kept it simple today. We wanted a spirited performance. I thought in the first half we created the best chances. I thought we were unlucky not to be 1-0 or 2-0 up. But to come away from home, I've been manager at Mansfield now on a number of occasions, I've played here as a player and I know how difficult it can be. You could see the emotions were quite high at one stage. There were one or two players going down, and the technical area is quite lively when you come to Mansfield. So it was everything that we expected today. The players held their nerve, and I appreciated the support from the supporters at the end there, because that's what they want to see. I thought the players were magnificent today, and they showed a real good spirited performance."
The result itself didn't do Yeovil too many favours, seeing them slip one more place in the table, and down to 21st, and just one point above a trio of clubs that are currently propping up the table. It also meant that Way's side have gained just two points from their last six matches, as they head to the halfway stage of the season. However, Way preferred to factor in the club's results in recent cup competitions, having gained victories in the EFL Trophy and FA Cup. He said that once scores in all competitions were factored in, he believed there was progress:
"We have lost two out of eight in all competitions and you can see the progression is there. I did not expect this season would be easy, as much as I want to be in a higher position the players have given everything. It is a great point for us. Mansfield have a budget that is probably double ours and this is a hard place to come. I am really pleased for the players. We know our away performances have got to be better. The hard work and the effort is there but we have to make sure that we keep growing and keep the group together."
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