Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admitted that every defeat is making a huge dent in his players' confidence at the moment, as he tries to arrest the slide the club is under. The 4-1 defeat against Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night was the club's fifth loss in a row, but their 12th defeat in the last 17 League Two matches, in a run that stretches back to the start of November.
Whilst there was no direct damage against the League Table tonight, with only a quartet of matches being played, mostly from a set of clubs in the upper half of the table, the damage was more psychological, with it being the first time the club have conceded four on the road this season. Way told BB Somerset after the match that his players needed to go back to basics with their defending, but said that he would also have a lot of work to do to keep the players in a positive frame of mind:
"The players have taken responsibility in the dressing room. You can imagine when they concede four that the players are down right now. It's really important that we make sure that we stick together, with the group. I feel that every loss at the moment is taking a huge dent towards the players, so it's important that I make sure that they stay positive. I know it's difficult. I don't want players to get emotionally aimed at each other in a personal way, because I don't think we're at that stage. It's about players making one or two mistakes, but making sure that they correct that. We have to keep it simple, and we have to go back to basics. There's one or two clearances there, and we're not blocking crosses in the wide area, and we're getting punished for it. If you look at the first half, we hit the post, and we find ourselves 2-0 down. That's frustrating."
With Tom James and Craig Alcock suspended, and Josh Grant out with a foot injury, the Glovers tried to operate with Matt Worthington as a right-back on the night - a position he occupied successfully during his loan spell last season. However, in the second period, travelling fans got the unusual sight of Rhys Browne coming on as a substitute and playing in the right-back position, rather than his more usual midfield berth. Way said that was a tough situation:
"That's what's happening at the moment. If I could look at the team and some of the tactical changes that we've had to make. We had Rhys Browne playing at right-back, we had Alex Pattison having to come off. So it's a real tough time at the moment. I appreciate the supporters travelling all that way. It's an amazing support. They were getting behind the players. Then unfortunately we almost had five or ten minutes of chaos there, where they just hit a direct ball, we didn't clear our lines, and we found ourselves 4-1 down, when we're trying to get the game back. But it's important that the players stay together."
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