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17 February 2018 : Way Questions Team Leadership And Competing After Stevenage Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt his side failed to compete with Stevenage at Broadhall Way on Saturday afternoon, and lacked leadership as they slumped to a 4-1 defeat. The Glovers were particularly undone by a first half performance that saw them fail to get a single shot on target themselves, whilst the home team were given frequent opportunities to have free shots from distance, two of which gave them their 2-0 half time advantage.

Way told BBC Somerset after the game that the need to perform the basics of blocking and tackling was absent today, and admitted that it wasn't until the final 20 minutes of the match, when his side were already four goals down that they managed to look the part. He said he was disappointed with the overall display:

"Very disappointing. Football has got a funny way of catching you out. Today from the first whistle, we had no leadership, we didn't compete, we had no forward momentum, and with the two goals to go 2-0 down, we've been very good at our pressing. To give them that much time and space is very disappointing. I made changes. I think sometimes people make up things in this game. It's about blocking and tackling, and taking the team the other way. To go 2-0 down, we never turned up until the last 15 or 20 minutes. I made one or two changes that I thought affected the game. At one stage it could have been 4-2. But to gift the goals in the way that we did, that wasn't us."

Yeovil Town had showed some improved form lately, albeit against a heavy balance of home fixtures against struggling sides, gaining three victories in their last four matches. Way added that he didn't recognise the team that was out there as his own:

"We've showed promotion form recently, but to have that today was bitterly disappointing. I just didn't see any urgency in our commitment to win the ball back. You're up against a team here who were under a little bit of pressure. The balance of the match hinges on goals. But to concede in the way that we did was disappointing. It didn't look like my team that was out there, and that was more frustrating. With the changes that we made, I expected a little bit more."

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