A disappointed and annoyed Chris Hargreaves said his Glovers side were ‘nowhere near good enough’ after National League South Taunton Town held Yeovil to a 0-0 draw at Huish Park this afternoon.
The part-timers held their own against Yeovil and the draw means a trip back on the A358 to Taunton this Tuesday in a replay.
Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins after the match, Hargreaves said his players’ decision making was wrong at moments and that the Glovers didn’t ‘mix the game up’ enough.
He said: “It’s disappointing today. From the highs of beating one of the best teams in league [Solihull] last week and then today. [There was] not enough quality in the final third and [we] didn’t play the conditions or the opposition well enough. Credit to Taunton, I thought they set up really well, but extremely disappointed with that.
“They had openings where we’ve made the wrong decision. Some of the lads are still learning and we could have been punished. We had opportunities where we also probably made the wrong decisions in the final third, which we haven’t been doing. We’ve been very good in the main, especially at home.
“We just didn’t mix the game up well enough. We didn’t go long when we had to and we didn’t play when we had to, we got those decisions wrong. That’s something the lads have got to learn about each other. When I’m making changes and putting players on, play to their strengths. That’s what we didn’t do. credit to Taunton, they were very good on the day, we weren’t and that’s what can happen in the cup.”
Although it’s a short trip to Taunton Hargreaves said he didn’t want a replay with a busy National League schedule coming up. He praised Taunton for their performance and creating a difficult challenge for Yeovil.
“I thought the fans stayed with us as long as they could, it’s always a difficult challenge. We’re expected to roll a team like that over – I played in plenty of games as a player when you’re playing against Premier League and Championship opposition and it’s not always the case.
“We’ve got no divine right. You’re playing against a team with a lot of ex-pros in it and a lot of lads that have played at a decent level, so we knew that it was a tough opposition especially after they had a negative result [5-0 defeat against Ebbsfleet] in their previous game. It always raises an opposition ten fold. They had a good following. So all the elements were built for that resilient performance.
“But we weren’t good enough, no excuses on that, nowhere near good enough for the standards we’ve set, certainly at home.”
On to Tuesday then eh? The banana skin just got more slippery.
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