Yeovil Town manager Darren WayTranmere Rovers tactics at Huish Park today, after they had to settle for a 0-0 draw against the Wirral side. The match was one of few chances, as Yeovil had to settle for their fifth draw in seven home matches so far this season, with the opposition doing a good job of restricting the pace of Way's side.
The Glovers boss felt that some of Tranmere's methods of dealing with his team's counter-attacking should have resulted in some yellow cards being brought out, and said that if referee Chris Sarginson had done so early on, that would have changed the perspective of the game. Speaking to BBC Somerset after the match, Way said that sort of thing left his players frustrated:
"I feel the players are a little frustrated, just because teams are delaying our counter-attacks with a number of fouls. I felt that one or two of them should have been bookings in the first half. That changes the game. We talked about numbers behind the ball. They played one up front, a little bit like Exeter, and at times it's very difficult to break down. It's always very difficult, because you feel you're in, and there's big big open spaces, but the next thing is that it is slowed down. They came here for a point, and they had that chance (from James Norwood) at the end. That's what they have done to teams. They're well organised and they're off the back of a promotion, so their players have got a good belief, and they stick together. It's not going to be easy, and you never get through a football season unscathed. We've had one or two injuries that we've had to deal with, but I think that's a massive progression today."
When central defender Gary Warren had to be substituted at Newport County, the Glovers had kept clean sheets in five consecutive League Two matches, with an EFL Trophy game making it six in a row. During the six matches that have followed, they've conceded fourteen goals. Now with Warren back in the side today, they've gone back to keeping a clean sheet. That pattern was not lost on Darren Way:
"I thought the speed of play was a little bit slower than what I wanted it to be. Having said that, I can't fault the players. They played with passion, they played with heart and energy. As I said, with Gary Warren in the team, we've kept a clean sheet, so we can build on that as a positive and a big big positive. I've told the players to make sure that we keep believing. If I get eleven players, seven subs, my staff and all of the supporters to keep believing, and we pick up a result on Tuesday, it will be a good result."
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