Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admitted that the defending for Grimsby Town's first two goals wasn't good enough, as he watched his team slip to their fourth consecutive defeat on Saturday afternoon. The 1-3 home loss was triggered by first half goals that saw Wes Thomas head home, before Adel Gafaiti turned an Elliot Embleton cross into his own net, with Yeovil's cause not helped by the later sending off of Craig Alcock, who will miss Tuesday night's match at Oldham Athletic due to a one match ban.
Way told BBC Somerset after the match that his players weren't getting tight enouh to cut out crosses into the box, and said that they needed to get into Grimsby's faces a bit more to deal with the physical side of the game:
"We're very disappointed with the two goals, and the manner. We felt that we didn't get tight, and we didn't press hard enough. The first one, we've lost a marker in the box. We felt that we should have pressed a lot earlier, to stop the cross, then we find ourselves 1-0 down. We had the same situation from a throw on the opposite side. They play four or five passes and we just didn't have the belief to get in their faces and make it ugly. We talked about before the game, in competing first and play after. I felt that in the second half we had a little bit of momentum, with good momentum and good chances, and one-on-ones with the goalkeeper, and then we have a man sent off. I feel that's where we are right now. The players had a few harsh words with each other, and it's important that they take as much responsibility as I am. I'll certainly do that at the football club."
When Kristian Dennis notched Grimsby's third in the 88th minute, the tetchy atmosphere at Huish Park turned fully against Darren Way, with a repeat of chants calling 'We want Darren out' during injury time and on the final whistle, with Alex Fisher's injury time goal proving to be a mere consolation. Way acknowledged that the club's ongoing form would see some fans turn against him, but he didn't want supporters to turn against the team:
"Unfortunately I've had that for probably three years now at certain spells in my management career. The objective is to stay in the Football League. I don't expect them to get behind me as such, because of the run of results. But all I can ask for is get behind the team, because we've got a lot of players that have perhaps come out of a games programme, that is nothing like it's been over the last week, and it's only going to get worse. Probably the last thing that the players need to see is an environment which is not behind the team. They've been great up until now. But as I've said it's one of those where I'm strong enough to deal with that. It's a huge success keeping this football club in the Football League every year, with the resources that I'm working with. It's going to take time and patience to change it."
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