Yeovil Town manager Mark Cooper said his side did not get what they deserved as they went out of the FA Trophy after a penalty shoot-out loss to Dorking Wanderers at Huish Park.

The spot kicks – which the visitors won 4-1 after misses from defender Max Hunt and midfielder Jamie Andrews –  followed a second successive goalless draw and the boss admitted that his side’s inability to find the net was putting them in peril.

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins after the exit, the manager said: “We didn’t get what we deserved today which was to get through to the next round, but we can’t score goals.

It’s another clean sheet for us and if I was a defender, I would be saying ‘we keep the ball out of the net, any chance you could score a goal.’

If we weren’t creating chances, it would be a worry so as a group whether it’s a centre half from a corner, a midfield player, a number ten, a wide player or a centre forward you have to put the ball in the net.

Once we got on the front foot in the second half, we were all over them – but we just can’t score. We have to get on the front foot, there’s a real apathy about us at home and somehow we have to turn it around.

The Glovers mustered just a single shot on target in the 90 minutes with a further five shots off target while the visitors failed to give goalkeeper Will Buse an effort to deny – until the shoot-out.

But, Cooper said he believed there was enough in the performance to give his strikers chances to score.

He added: “When you look at the stats, they don;t lie, we have the worst attacking record in the league. If you are a goalscorer you would watch that game and be rubbing your hands together as the crosses coming in to that box because you know you will have two or three gilt-edged chances to score.

The boss confirmed that defender Owen Bevan, who has impressed on loan from Premier League AFC Bournemouth, had “blacked out for a second” after a clash of heads with team-mate Morgan Williams after 41 minutes.

The boss said the club would be “governed by concussion protocols” ahead of their next match, the Boxing Day trip to Torquay United.


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Anonymous
1 year ago

Two bads teams yesterday game no shots on target from either side Dorking tooked spot kicks better don’t know where mark Cooper got yeovil were better side bad game

Anonymous
1 year ago

Only difference between sides were spot kicks there was some good passing build up play too slow