Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admitted his side were out-worked and out-fought in their damaging defeat against relegation rivals Port Vale on Tuesday night. The Glovers 3-0 defeat came in a one-sided contest that saw a Manny Oyeleke free header from a corner set them on their way, before a wonder striker from Tom Conlon blasted Vale into a two goal lead. Substitute Cristian Montano made his entrance onto the pitch an emphatic one when he needed only a minute to score the third goal of the night against a Glovers side that were never even remotely in the game.
Way admitted that his side were well beaten, and was particularly unhappy with the first two goals, and accused his team of lacking the determination and desire that the Valiants had. Ge told BBC Somerset that he had expected more from his players:
"We got beaten by the better team. We thought they out-worked us, out-fought us, showed more determination and more desire. It's important that the players understand some of the inconsistency in performances, and what it takes. We talked about it before the game, and it was quite clear what our objectives were with first and second balls. Dealing with set plays, and then to go 1-0 down from a set play, and no-one taking the responsibility to stay with the runner. Then the second goal was exactly the same as the goal they scored against us at home - one kick from the goalkeeper, didn't win the first ball, didn't track the runner, and then he hits a first class shot. So we knew it wasn't going to be easy coming here but I expected a little bit more from my team tonight, as far as fight."
Way left a number of experienced players back in Somerset, including defender Carl Dickinson who spent three years at Vale Park, along with other Football League veterans such as Craig Alcock and Yoann Arquin. The team selected across both Tuesday night's fixture and last Friday's trip to Lincoln City has been a youthful one, with the oldest starters aged 24 years old. Way suggested that the players in his team at Vale Park hadn't had the experience of playing in that stadium before:
"It disappoints me, but it's what I expect from players that have not come to Port Vale away and played in this environment. Their players wanted it more than ours, and it's simple. We've still got a good team. We've got very very good players that have proven that, but unfortunately tonight they performed poorly. We have to regroup, we have to show turnaround toughness and go again on Saturday (against Macclesfield Town), which is a big game. I think we went to the last three games last season (to avoid relegation). It's not ideal, but we find ourselves certainly at Yeovil doing that on a regular basis. To keep the players positive, they've got to get on the bus, they've got to make sure that their preparation is right, going into the game on Saturday."
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