Mark Little has given “a few home truths” to some of his Yeovil Town team-mates after two disappointing defeats which have seen them concede five goals without reply.

The experienced full-back played the full 90 minutes of last weekend’s 2-0 home defeat to Grimsby Town, having missed the 3-0 reverse against Dagenham & Redbridge four days earlier.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s visit to bottom club Dover Athletic, he said his frustration with the performance last weekend led to him voicing his frustrations.

Mark Little battles for the ball against Grimsby. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

He said: “I said a few of my frustrations in an aggressive manner over the weekend to a couple of the younger lads and they took it on the chin.

“We had a day off after and we were back to work on the Monday. They are taking it well, they are not stropping because they are not the types of players that would last in this dressing room.

“But they’ve got to translate that in to performing on the pitch and that’s the bit we are trying to crack, there’s a balance of good cop, bad cop.

“When I was coming back from injury I was being encouraging but after the last couple of performances, my frustrations have come out and I did give a few home truths.

“Hopefully that reaction will show tomorrow at Dover.

The former Bristol City man described the squad as “the smallest I have ever operated with” in his career, meaning there is less competition for places.

He said: “I am used to having four or five people competing for the right back slot and I know I have to perform to get my name on the team sheet.

“But here you can have two or three bad games and you are still having to battle yourself out of that form, there’s no breathers and hiding.
“I have played with injuries all seasons, there’s lads need operations getting injections to hide them.”

“We have had Ted in today which gives Grant a breather which we has not been able to all season. Ted has looked very good in training and hopefully he comes in and has a big effect.

“But we have needed that (cover in all positions) all season.

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