Yeovil Town manager Mark Cooper said his players knew their performances in the 2-0 defeat at Maidenhead United were “unacceptable” and urged everyone to “stick together.”

A goal in each half in Berkshire saw the Glovers drop to within goal difference of the National League relegation places on Tuesday night and they travel to fellow strugglers York City on Saturday desperate for a result.

He told BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins that he would be looking to bring “a spark” up front with no win in their past four games.

The boss said: “I was worried about tonight after the energy we expended (in the 4-1 home defeat to Notts County) on Saturday. If I could I would have changed five or six players, but I could not really do that.

I don’t think we would’ve score if we had been there until tomorrow night, we were powder puff up top and the difference in the teams was their centre forwards were a handful.

I look at myself first and I did I get the selection and the tactics right? You’d have to say ‘no’, but tonight is about desire to keep the ball out of our net and make sure we get ‘nil’ against us and see what happens – but we didn’t and we were never going to score tonight.

He added: “Games are decided by good and bad decision making. On Saturday (against Notts County), we lost because of bad decision-making and again Maidenhead made more good decisions than we did.

We can cry about it or we can pat Maidenhead on the back and try somehow to get a couple of players in which gives us a little bit of spark at the top of the pitch.

You can defend all you want, but if you don’t have that spark at the top you are never going to win games.”

With the club still operating without a physiotherapist (and unused substitute Will Dawes giving treatment to his team-mates, Cooper admitted he does not have the staff to decide whether many of his squad were fit to take the field at the moment.

He said: “I am not using that as an excuse, I am just stating facts. The team we put out should have got a result, but there was not too many changes we could have made.”

Asked if he had the support of the club’s hierarchy he added: “I need to go and speak to Martyn (Starnes, Chief Executive Officer) and (director, Stuart Robins) who have been magnificent if they were not here, the club would have folded ages ago.

So fair play to those two they have kept it going, so I am going to speak to them now and see if we can do some magic before the weekend.

Cooper concluded: “We have to stick together. It’s difficult, they understand that tonight was not acceptable and they have to understand that and then we move on.

Tomorrow we rest and on Thursday we start again and come up with a play and, like I say, hopefully we can bring in one or two that can hopefully help us.”

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