Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that his players need to deal with the criticism laid out to them, upon the final whistle at Rodney Parade today. The Glovers 1-0 defeat against fellow relegation-threatened side Newport County was met with a significant amount of booing and heckling as the players had to cross the pitch towards the away end, and the corner where the dressing rooms are situated.
With today's result having seen Way's side drop to just four points above the relegation zone, and the club being on a run of two wins in their last 23 matches, Way says that he can understand why fans laid out some of their frustrations at himself and his players. However, he said they had to respond to that, with the Easter Monday home match against Crewe Alexandra coming up, and threatened firm action if he felt any of his players were not pulling their weight in that game:
"I think they have to deal with it. There's no excuse. We're fighting for the football club. You could see the emotions there, where supporters were directing their frustrations towards me, which I can totally understand. They've come here today and they've watched an absolutely ugly game, and I share their frustrations. But we have to make sure as we've got a big game coming up now against Crewe and I expect the group of players to show a willingness and hungryness to do whatever they can to fight for this football club. If I don't get it, and I see a player that's not showing that willingness, then no disrespect, but I don't want them around the place."
The Good Friday fixture was settled by a Mickey Demetriou free kick 57 minutes into a game with very few chances. Way explained that he felt his side had given away too many fouls during the match, and felt that was setting Newport up for such a goalscoring opportunity. He was disappointed that having talked to his players about that at half time, that another second half foul ultimately cost his side the game in his eyes:
"Conditions-wise every game that I've watched here before has been percentages. I explained to them that. Do they deal with it better than the majority of teams - yes. But to concede again from another set piece is very frustrating, and I think that's cost us in a lot of games now. I've talked about concentration, and I'm very disappointed with that. We talked about a number of fouls that we gave away in the first half when the ball gets played in direct into the box from long throws. When you clear your lines if you give fouls away, it always invites the next ball, and that's what happened in the second half with the free kick on the edge of the box. We're disappointed; bitterly disappointed. But we've got to move on quick. It's going to be a massive game now I knew this weekend was going to be intense. But I have to make sure that the players regroup, and we've got to move forwards to the next game."
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