Chris Hargreaves. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Yeovil Town manager Chris Hargreaves has expressed a lack of ‘killer instinct’ in his side saw ten man Wealdstone hold the Glovers at bay for more than 80 minutes.

Yeovil, who actually extended a mini unbeaten run to three with the 0-0 draw, have been left wondering what might have been after a missed penalty and no fewer than four goal line clearances prevented a second win on the bounce.

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins after the game he said;

They [Wealdstone] played with 10 men on Saturday and beat Gateshead so we knew that they’d be dogged.

I’ve played in those games myself as a player and its sometimes difficult to break a really tight formation down. We just didn’t have that creativity to do that today.

I showed my frustration to the players after the final whistle, but again I said that in the main they’ve done things we’ve asked them to do in facts of physicality and running and pressing and closing but just not quite enough creativity in that final third.”

Hargreaves made a positive changes throughout with Charlie Wakefield introduced at half time with Jake Scrimshaw and Callum Rowe also brought on in attacking roles, but it wasn’t to be.

Charlie’s had a really good start to the season and then been frustrated with injury. It is sometimes difficult to make a mark against a really organised, tight two banks of four, but we didn’t mix the game up enough by drifting in and asking the fullback a question.

That’s the disappointment that we didn’t have that guile to ask them a question with 2 v 1s when that’s the whole reason we changed the shape.”

“The messages at half time were to switch play quickly, hope that someone turns off, which inevitably they do when they’re tired and then you’re either in on goal or able to cross the ball. It didn’t materialise and were disappointed, definitely”

Best chance of all though, fell to the feet of Malachi Linton, who put his penalty into the car park, Hargreaves said he was happy to back his striker from the spot.

I always have in my mind that if you’re the most confident person on that pitch to take a penalty and you believe you’re going to score then you take it.

What I’ve said in the changing room will remain in the changing room, but for Mal he’s scored two fantastic goals already, he wont stop running, he’s brave as a lion and he didn’t mean to miss it.”

“I’ve got no proiblem with him missing chances and missing penalties, he’ll be the most disappointed out of anybody so he doesn’t need reminding of that. If we do score, we win the game but its a point that we reluctantly accept.

There’s been a few words in the changing room from the experienced lads because they want more and im pleased to see that. There’s been a bit of anger in there, no problem, that means they care.”

The Glovers host York City next weekend and will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run to four.

 

 


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