Sam Pearson tussles with former Glover Dale Gorman. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Yeovil Town goal-scorer Sam Pearson was pleased to get on the score sheet on Tuesday against Eastleigh, but could not hide his frustrations when talking post-match to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins.

“I’m happy to get my first goal, but I’m gutted it wasn’t the winning goal, I think the boys showed that we are fit enough to play this game, we did well to go in front, but second half we weren’t on it.”

The Glovers took an early lead, but it was ‘keeper Grant Smith who was singled out for praise after a string of top saves as Yeovil were penned in against their hosts.

“He (Grant Smith) is a top goalkeeper, we all know that, he shows that in training all the time, he makes ‘worldie’ saves, we have to take that to our advantage, when he’s making them saves you’ve got to go and do something at the other end of the pitch. 

In the second half, we just needed to keep the ball a bit better, we needed to get three or four passes together, we just defended for the whole half, it’s a difficult one to take.

First half, we came out positive and we knew we had to bounce back from the other week (vs York) which we did, an early goal and we just didn’t capitalise on that and I think it’s a disappointing result.”

Played as an attacker in a 4-3-3 formation for the first time, the Bristol City loanee was frustrated his side couldn’t transfer their training pitch form onto the league setting.

“It’s a bit frustrating when we are just kicking it long and we’re not stringing the passes together in the middle, but even when we go long we need to try and make something happen, it’s very frustrating.

I think second half we all could have done a bit better on the ball, we do it in training, we just need to have the heart and courage in the second half there and show it on the pitch.

It’s a hard one to take, because we went 1-0 up, we just need to build on that 1-0, six minutes in, we need to keep going and get another and then maybe defend – even then, don’t just defend for the rest of the game.

We go again Saturday and put in a big shift against on form Chesterfield, it’ll be a hard task, but we like being the underdogs and it makes us hungry to go and win Saturday.”


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