The words of manager Russell Slade talking today about club captain Terry Skiverton following another typical performance from the central defender up at Blackpool certainly give an indication of how well the Yeovil boss has taken to his club captain.
Skivo briefly collapsed with exhaustion at the end of Saturday's match, prompting some initial concerns about his health, which thankfully were proved to be little more than dehydration and fatigue after Skivo felt a little off colour before the game. Speaking to the Western Daily Press Slade explained:
"If he needs to take a couple of days off then so be it. He's done magnificently to get through the game and he's absolutely drained now. The doctors have looked at him, checked him over, and he's okay. He's got a full week to recover before we play Oldham. He was playing with an illness, but he didn't tell me before the game. The 90 minutes of football has drained him to be honest. He let us know that he was struggling after Marcus scored the goal, but by that time we'd made all our substitutions and there was nothing we could do."
Slade though paid tribute to a player for whom illnesses and cut heads have almost personified the 'Terry Butcher' style mentality of Skiverton's style of play. Certainly in the short time that Slade has been with the club that has not gone unnoticed:
"He deserves great credit for playing through it. He's that type of player, he will always keep going, and he's got a magnificent attitude to the game. He's a great captain, he leads by example, and I'm sure he will be captain of this club for a long time to come."
Skivo himself was reassuring in that he said that he was already feeling better yesterday when he spoke about the situation that had led to the post-whistle drama:
"I felt a bit dodgy before the game but decided I felt okay to start. As the game went on I started to get worse and by the end I was certainly feeling rough. Maybe I should have taken on some more water, but I do feel a lot better today. It's a bit like the after affects of a cold so I think I shall probably not go back in until Tuesday to make sure whatever it is has cleared completely."
At Ciderspace we would tell Skivo to take Tuesday off as well and to put his feet up for a rest, but we rather suspect that is not his style.
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