Yeovil Town boss Mark Cooper admitted there is still work to be done despite seeing his side pick up another pre-season friendly win at AFC Totton.

The boss said he was “not overly pleased” with his side’s performance in the first half of the 2-1 win of a rain-soaked encounter with a side one tier below the Glovers in the footballing pyramid.

He was also unhappy at conceding “a rubbish goal” from the hosts after a fine strike from substitute Olly Thomas had doubled the advantage following Rhys Murphy‘s opener in the second minute.

Speaking after the game, Cooper said: “I am pleased we got another 90 minutes in to some (players) and 60 or 70 minutes in to others.
We had a great start scoring early, but after that we did not play as well as I would have liked.

The conditions were difficult but the pitch was great, Totton really came on to us and they are the best team we have played so far in pre-season and more of a similar standard to that we will be facing week in and week out.

I was not overly pleased with the first half, but second half we started great and controlled the game in the first 15-20 minutes and then we made some changes and the game just descended in to being very patchy and bitty.

We conceded a rubbish goal which I was not pleased with, but there were some pleasing aspects with no injuries and a great goal on his debut from Olly Thomas.

The result means the Glovers have now got four wins from their five friendly matches – with a 2-1 defeat at Wimborne Town being the odd one out – as they prepare to face higher division opposition for the first time when League Two Newport County come to Huish Park on Tuesday night.

Of the performance at Totton, Cooper added: “I said to the boys (in the dressing room after the game) that if it was perfect now it would be really boring for us.

We have got two weeks to make some little tweaks, it is just about the right selection of pass at the right time, when teams are stepping on to us is what we need to really improve.

The manager picked out teenage striker Thomas, who joined on loan until January from Championship Bristol City in midweek, and impressed after coming on for Murphy.

Cooper said: “There were some really pleasing aspects including Olly Thomas who scored one and had another great effort and was exactly what we needed to complement Frank, Hydey, Murph, Young and give us some really good attacking options.”

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