Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that a lack of discipline from his players cost them the game, after they went down to defeat on the opening day of the 2018-19 season. The Glovers boss was unimpressed by Tom James, who received his marching orders in the 54th minute of the match, having picked up two yellow cards during the match against Bury. When Jordan Green followed him into the dressing room 13 minutes later for a studs up tackle, that left his side down to nine men, and gave the Shakers the opportunity to score an 89th minute winning goal through Gold Omotayo.
Way said that the players had been told to take the responsibility of their own discipline, following a 2017-18 season that had seen them pick up ten red cards. He said he had discussed the issues with new club captain Francois Zoko, and so saw it as a problem for the players to deal with. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Way's belief was that James' second half tackle had cost his side the game:
"A lack of discipline cost us that game. I like to call my players men. I thought the players that remained on the pitch played like men. But we're very disappointed with that lack of discipline. It's not like we've not talked about this situation. I gave Francois Zoko a sheet. If it was me today, I think the players need to take the responsibility of that discipline, because they are the ones that have set the rules. I felt that really we were the stronger team, but that was a big turning point when Tom got sent off. Tom will be disappointed with that and he has to take responsibility. At 22 years of age, I ask my players to be men, but I felt that situation cost us the game."
Although Way appeared to accept both red cards as being fair, he expressed his frustration with referee Dean Whitestone claiming that he was only making decisions against one team. He believed that Bury's Tom Miller should have suffered a similar fate when he went in for an aerial challenge with Yeovil winger Yoann Arquin, and suggested that Whitestone's failure to deal with that incident was the difference between winning and losing:
"I feel the referees are not making decisions on both teams. There was an incident there, where Yoann Arquin nearly got his cheek bone broken at one stage, and there wasn't even a yellow. Then the boy is in a one-v-one down in the corner, and it was the same player Tom Miller, and he gets a yellow. That's the difference I think, sometimes between winning and losing. But we all know what the situation is with refereeing, as I went to a League Managers meeting the other day, and we spent probably 20 minutes talking about the standard of refereeing. So I don't want to go on about that, as I expect my team to be able to deal with that situation."
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