Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade refused to use the substantial changes that he made to last night's side as an excuse for the 2-1 defeat incurred at Gay Meadow last night in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. Shrewsbury Town were the victors with goals from David Edwards and Michael Symes after Anthony Barry had given Yeovil a second half lead, but Slade felt overall when talking to BBC Somerset Sound that the right result came out in the end:
"We were a little disjointed, but Shrewsbury made changes too, don't forget. I am very disappointed with the combination of my front two, as I thought that their front two were better than ours on the night. In the middle of the park I thought that Shrewsbury had some great possession against us and we do look stretched sometimes when we are playing 4-4-2."
Slade criticised referee Michael Jones for his performance last night, in particular the decision to award a free kick against Terrell Forbes when the Glovers central defender was shielding the ball out for a goal kick but got pulled up for obstruction:
"I thought we were poor to be honest, in the main. I thought the referee was marginally better than us. The decision to give a free kick in the bottom corner that led to their equaliser was beyond me, along with one or two other decisions on the night. Is (Shrewsbury striker Michael) Symes a basketball player? Because he grabbed hold of the ball three times that I've seen but the referee hasn't seen it. So I thought that the referee was poor, but I have to concentrate on us and I thought we were worse."
Speaking to the Western Daily Press the Yeovil boss admitted that the performance last night hasn't done much to influence his thoughts on what Yeovil's first choice eleven should be for Saturday's match with Bristol City with few of the replacements doing themselves justice:
"It wasn't a great game from our point of view and not too many have pushed themselves forward for the Bristol City game on Saturday. We took out the experience of Skiverton, Jones and Stewart tonight, plus the energy of Cohen, and it made a big difference. It would make a difference to most teams at our level."
It wasn't quite all doom'n'gloom for the Yeovil boss though, as he could see some good signs out of some individuals on the night, in particular his blooding of new loan signing Martin Brittain who has joined for a month from Ipswich Town:
"The positives are that Martin Brittain came on, had the beating of the full-back and looked comfortable on the ball. He's got that bit of pace and made a quality contribution in the 30 minutes he was on the pitch. It was also great strike for the goal from Anthony Barry and it was good to see Scott Guyett get 90 minutes under his belt."
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