Darren Sarll said he hopes Yeovil Town supporters can see the work the squad has been doing in pre-season training.

Speaking after the 1-0 defeat at home to Forest Green Rovers, the manager said he believed there were “a lot of positives” to take from the performance against a side which were in the League Two play-off places last season.

A first half goal from visiting striker Jamille Matt was the difference between the two sides, but the Glovers’ did carve out a number of opportunities to score with frontman Reuben Reid

Sarll and Skiverton
Terry Skiverton, right, alongside Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

having two strikes ruled out.

Sarll said: “Hopefully people can see the work we have tried to do and I thought the fitness levels were incredible.

“Our focus has been on making sure we are not easy to play against and I thought most of our problems came when we were in possession.

“I can almost stomach that at this stage (of pre-season) but we made eight or nine very good chances and we were disappointed not to score.

“In fact, we were probably disappointed to not win the game because apart from their goal, Grant (Smith) did not have a shot to save.”

The boss gave home debuts to goalkeeper Grant Smith, defenders Mark Little and Jordan Barnett and  midfielders Dale Gorman and Charlie Wakefield, and opportunities to impress to trialists Deshane Dalling, Harlain Mbayo and Jack Bodenham.

Sarll said: “I was really pleased with some individuals and it was good for them to show the supporters why they have been signed.

“I think we are developing a very good foundation to go and compete. I think with three weeks to go (until the opening National League fixture at Wrexham), we definitely look fit and we look organised.”

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