Yeovil Town manager Darren Way was full of praise for his two goalscorers today, after they helped gain a 3-2 victory over Morecambe at Huish Park on Saturday afternoon. In a topsy-turvy match, the Glovers came from behind to win a match for the first time since the August 2017 League Two match against Accrington Stanley at the start of last season, having seen a Richie Bennett header put them behind at the break. A brace from Norwich City loanee Tristan Abrahams on the hour mark put the Glovers back in front, and although Morecambe equalised with seven minutes remaining, former Southampton striker Ryan Seager netted the winner for his home town club after coming on as a substitute.
Both Abrahams and Seager have been used sparingly by Way since their arrival at the club during the January transfer window, with Seager having yet to make a start for the Glovers. Meanwhile Abrahams got only his second start for the club as a right-winger, scoring twice in four minutes to put Morecambe on the back foot. Way told BBC Somerset after the match that both players had done well in training and he was pleased with the output from them today:
"Tristan Abrahams is a good player, and he's got an eye for goal. In training all week he's looked dangerous. I was open to criticism there when we made the subs, but I thought the subs made a great impact. What a fantastic goal (by Ryan Seager). Again, he's a good finisher in training. All of the players have had to be patient, but to come on and score a winner like that for your hometown club, it shows the football club is going in the right direction. The supporters have got players to get behind, and good players; very good players. I thought some of the combination play with Alex Dobre is beautiful to the eye. I think supporters enjoy that type of play. It's probably the first time where I had a bench which could make a real positive impact, and that's what you see towards the end of the games. That's what we want, to hit teams on the counter-attack, which is why we ended up with the chances that we ended up with."
Yeovil Town had been on a run of six consecutive defeats during 2019, and sliding dangerously close to the bottom two relegation slots, but have now won their last two matches against their relegation rivals to pull themselves six points clear of the drop. Perhaps by coincidence, or by design, the slight turn in form has come after prospective owner Rob Couhig arrived in Somerset, conducting some press interviews a week-and-a-half ago outlining his own vision of the future at the club.
Way admitted that Couhig's vocal encouragement and views on the club had helped him, and he had a barbed comment for unnamed individuals who he felt had not done enough to front up the club in recent times, suggesting that those people had left him exposed as the only public view of the football club this season. He felt those individuals should have been speaking up for the club this season:
"It's probably what was needed. I've probably been the one that was flying the flag publicly and that's been hard for three years, because I've felt that we've had one or two perhaps that have not voiced, that have been in-house but are on the outside now, and it's not helped the football club. They've got to take a good look at themselves, because this is a great football club and it deserves the support from everyone, because it's been difficult to manage, certainly when you've got young players fighting a relegation battle. We've been in control with all of the staff and they've been great. They're really fighting hard at the football club, and the players see that."
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