Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll thought his side put in a professional performance during their 3-1 victory over Ebbsfleet United on Tuesday night. The club's first visit to Stonebridge Road for sixteen years saw goals from striker Rhys Murphy, Birmingham City loanee Remeao Hutton and former Salisbury midfielder Tom Whelan to put them into seventh place in the ultra-early National League table.
With the Glovers only 1-0 up at the break, Sarll said his half time team talk was to warn them of naivety, with the club having let slip a similar scoreline on Saturday against Stockport County. However, speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, the first team boss thought they started the second period particularly well:
"I thought we were very professional actually. I said at half time, I just didn't want us to be naive, and to show naivety. The way we started the second half was fabulous. Our forward running was good all night. I was really hard on Matt Worthington and Tom Whelan on Saturday and I thought they were terrific, as was Carl Dickinson when he came on. Myles Hippolyte played 90 minutes after being out for the count a couple of weeks ago. Remeao Hutton who I left out tonight, came on and was so disciplined, and wee Charlie Lee when he came on was massive as he always is. So it's a good night. It's lovely to win and I love sharing wins with people. I'd rather they be shouting my name and smiling, rather than singing that you're going to get sacked in the morning and cursing at me! So I love sharing that moment with our supporters, who again worked hard to get up here tonight."
Sarll was rather surprised to be told after the game that Murphy had claimed the opening goal of the night, having assumed that Tom Bradbury's strike through the penalty box had gone directly in. But Murphy was credited as the scorer, which took the Glovers boss by surprise:
"I didn't know who scored it. I thought it was Tom Bradbury who scored it. If it was (Rhys Murphy), then he thoroughly deserves it. He's a wonderful finisher and it's only a matter of time. Harry Kane normally has a month off in August and then kicks on. But if it's Rhys, then Rhys will be delighted because he's a selfish so-and-so just like most good forwards. But if it was Tom, then Tom takes it so well. I know this word doesn't go down too well, but he's so violent in his approach to the ball and so aggressive. I thought he made it, but whoever scored I don't care."
The downside to Murphy's night was that his game was ended two minutes later, after he had to be substituted due to injury. Sarll confirmed that the striker had a hamstring injury, and that defender Lee Collins, who was replaced at half time, had a similar problem. However he was pleased to restore Carl Dickinson to the starting line-up for his first match since he was exiled under the previous management team:
"It's a hamstring and Lee Collins is the same. So they'll be bad ones for us. Rhys Murphy is sub-30 and Collins is a little bit older. Normally the older ones take a little bit longer. But it was nice to have Carl Dickinson ready and willing to go, and how good was he? I thought he was very good. Everyone looks better when you win!"
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