Gary Johnson has slammed his Yeovil Town players for not working hard enough, accusing some of not appreciating just how much effort is required of them.
The Glovers entertain npower League One basement boys Hartlepool United on Saturday whilst aiming to arrest a run of two successive defeats. Johnson’s men crashed out of the FA Cup at Preston North End on Saturday before crumbling in the second half against Stevenage on Tuesday.
Filipe Morais gave Boro a third minute lead at Huish Park before Paddy Madden levelled five minutes later. Two further goals for the visitors after the break ended Yeovil’s streak of three league wins on the bounce.
Manager Johnson said seven-goal hit man Madden would be under no pressure to atone for his team-mates’ errors in defence that have cost the Glovers of late, adding it was up to the entire team to up their game.
“We won’t let that happen ourselves because Paddy has still got to be part of a defeat and a bad performance or half like he is part of a good performance or a good half,” he said. “He is a willing runner and we need more people that are going to put in that little bit more effort. That’s not trying to put in effort and I think some of them are a little bit misguided as to what they think is effort.
“They need to show a little bit more and everyone has got to do their job as nobody did that in the second half. The whole team has got to pick themselves up, we must not talk about individuals being the mainstay of the team.
“It is going to take all 11 for the penny to drop and players to think ‘am I doing enough, do I need to do a bit more?’ And some of them do have to.”
Johnson bemoaned a lack of mental toughness as his team again capitulated following an encouraging first 45 minutes. He recalled Korey Smith, Joe Edwards and Byron Webster after they missed the Deepdale defeat, whilst handing a full debut to Daniel Johnson.
However, the boss said: “It doesn’t seem to matter what team we put out anyway, it seems that there is this lack of energy for 90 minutes. It’s not that we’re not fit, it’s a mental thing. We have got two or three that don’t do enough on the day.
“We have got our loans but you can’t change much because they are your loans until January and your contract players are your contract players.
“Other people looking in at our club would say that our position is better than fair for Yeovil Town and when they see the crowd they will understand that even more.”
Johnson also wants greater creativity from his side. “We will get into them, we have got to keep going and keep trying to get a lot more chances over 90 minutes than we did against Stevenage,” he said. “There were no balls going into Paddy and our balls were too long.
“Our football personality changed in the second half and that is just down to individual personalities with footballers that have not quite got their 90 minutes heads out yet.