Yeovil Town captain Josh Staunton has told his team-mates it is their responsibility to get the club out of trouble at the wrong end of the National League table.

The Glovers sit one place and one point above the division’s relegation zone after a 1-0 home defeat to Woking on Saturday in another match where they were undone by a defensive lapse and an inability to score goals.

They take on play-off sides Eastleigh and Chesterfield in their next two games on Tuesday night and next weekend respectively.

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins after the Woking defeat, Staunton said: “It’s my job as captain, I am responsible for those boys and therefore their head space and body language is a reflection of me. I will give my last kick to stay up, so there will be no feeling like we are going down.

It is a game of fine margins and at the moment we seem to be constantly on the wrong side of those, but that is down to us to swing things in our direction.

This is Yeovil Town, it is a big football club and ultimately the players are guilty for putting us in that position, so it is us who has to get us out of it.”

The failure to score was the 13th time this season that Yeovil have drawn a blank in National League action and they remain comfortably the lowest scorers in the division with just 28 goals in 33 matches, ten fewer than bottom club Maidstone United.

Staunton said: “In the last few games we have really struggled (to score) and we have said in the dressing room that it is not tactical, that has to come from within from an individual in that split second.

I think the boys were getting in positions where we can score but at the moment everything seems to be going the wrong side of the post for us, but the boys are a confident group and it is just a matter of time before they start going the right side of the post.

It is a team responsibility, we should all be chipping in with more goals, we have had plenty of box entries today and we are just not falling on it.

The goal scored by Woking defender Kyran Lofthouse after 14 minutes followed a mistake by Owen Bevan, but the on loan AFC Bournemouth defender had the backing of his captain.

Staunton said: “People make mistakes and Bevs is a young lad and he’ll make a lot more mistakes, but it’s about us as a group galvanising it and turning it in to a 2-1 win.

We can’t keep putting ourselves in a position where we have to be faultless at the back because it is extremely hard especially against a team like today where it is a lot of percentage football.

They are just waiting for a mistake, and when they make a mistake we have to punish them and we are not doing that.

Ahead of the game, new owners Matt Uggla and former England rugby union player Paul Sackey, who were unveiled as owners in midweek, took to the Huish Park pitch and Staunton said the atmosphere inside the ground had boosted the players.

He said: “That today was the Yeovil Town I signed for, that was the atmosphere I played against when I came here, that was the town and the community spirit which we had not had the last year or so.

The fans deserve it because they have stuck with the club through darker times and everything seems like it could be moving in the right direction, but we have to back it up on the pitch.

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Roger sainsbury
1 year ago

Staunton can you play in midfield we are better team then