Josh Staunton

Josh Staunton has said his Yeovil Town team-mates will “give their best” for the final game of the season when they travel to Altrincham on Sunday.

The midfielder finds himself in the unusual position of leading the team as caretaker manager following the sudden departure of previous caretaker, Charlie Lee, on Friday.

Josh Staunton.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

will be assisted by club captain Luke Wilkinson and sports scientist Scott Wickens for the trip to Greater Manchester.

Speaking ahead of the game, Staunton admitted his appointment was the latest chapter in a roller-coaster campaign on and off the field, he said: “It’s the way the season has been, we’ve just got to give it our best on Sunday, there’s not really much more I can say.

It is going to be a season to look back on and there will be some book deals ready to go – it’s just another strange turn of events which has happened this year and probably led to why we are where we are in the league.

If you had spoken to me at the beginning of this season, I definitely didn’t see it ending this way.

But, it’s important we go out there and show the fans we are still in it even though everything is being thrown all over the place at the moment.

It is a chance for us to put on a show and say thanks to the supporters who have stuck by us even through some really low points this year.

Especially away from home, the support has been excellent and they have stuck by us.”

He added that he expected to be leaning on the team’s senior professionals, including Wilkinson, defender Mark Little and strikers Reuben Reid and Adi Yussuf, for their support in the final game and added that Matt Percival, who has been coaching the club’s Under-18s side, would also be helping out.

Staunton added: “When things like this happen, it is very easy for things to get silly, so I will be asking them for their commitment for three more days and to treat it like there’s a senior manager in place.

I am not going to suddenly become an ‘iron fist manager’ because I am still one of the players, but I will take the responsibility and I know everyone will do everything as professionally as we can, even though things don’t look that professional from the outside.”


Staunton sent his thanks to Charlie Lee whose departure was announced by a club statement at midday on Friday – just 30 minutes before Staunton was up before the media.

In the statement, the club said Lee had departed with immediate effect “his decision to not continue as part of our coaching staff” under a new manager.

He said: “Charlie is a one of a kind, we saw that when he was a player and he came back in and took the reins at a difficult time when Darren (Sarll) left and he did well.

The boys really enjoyed playing for him and we were probably playing a more attacking style of football, he had the full backing of all the player and it is sad to see him go because he did really well.

I feel I have to say thankyou for what he did for me personally when I was injured and getting back fit, and for every player in that dressing room who enjoyed working under him.

Together with Jody (Brown, Lee’s temporary assistant), they have been really uplifting spirits at a difficult time for the club.


The club’s statement confirming Lee’s departure said they expected to appoint a new manager next week and Staunton admitted that he hoped the contract situation with players would be resolved quickly.

As far as we are aware, only defender Morgan Williams and now youngster Ollie Haste have contracts beyond the end of the current campaign – although chairman Scott Priestnall did suggest that the club has options on other player’s contracts.

The chairman had said that offers had been made to some out of contract players, but Staunton said that he had only had “early, early talks” with the club.

He added: “It is very difficult because until there was a manager decided because, like any other player, I don’t know if (the new manager) will like you so it’s hard to have serious talks until they are in place.

That will now happen for the whole squad early next week once the manager is appointed and plans will start being put in place for next season.

It is important for everyone involved in the club to start looking forward to next season, an uplifting thing, and the situation (with contract) is down to what the manager thinks.”

Midfielder Josh Staunton appears to have undergone surgery on a hernia injury which has kept him off the pitch for the past month.

The 26-year-old has not featured since coming off as a 75th minute substitute in the 2-1 home win over Bromley having been fighting through the pain barrier with the issue affecting his groin.

However, a post on his Instagram shows him at a private hospital in Leicestershire with the comment: ‘RACE AGAINST TIME BEGINS COMEBACK.’ The post has been retweeted by the club’s official Twitter account wishing the player a “speedy recovery“.

Up until a month ago, Staunton was openly playing with the injury and, when he appeared on 3 Valleys Radio‘s ‘Football, Bloody Hell!’ show at the start of the month, he was awaiting a scan on the injury.

Josh Staunton.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Speaking then, he said the ongoing uncertainty around the future of the club and players’ contracts was troubling him.

He said: “I had a long conversation with one of the boys at the weekend who was saying to me ‘you are putting yourself at risk, you don’t know if the club want you’ because I am playing with injury.

“I’m getting through until the end of the season and someone might not want to pay for my operation at the end of the season, so I could be trying to find a new club whilst I am requiring surgery.

“All these things, even if they do not directly affect you, they take your toll.

This week, chairman Scott Priestnall said he had made contract offers to the club’s out of contract players, see more – here.

Since the Bromley victory, Staunton has donned his training kit and been supporting caretaker manager Charlie Lee from the touchline.

Good luck to Staunts from all of us here at Gloverscast !

Listening to Josh Staunton talk to the ‘Football, Bloody Hell’ show on 3 Valleys Radio this week was not easy.

Here we have a 26-year-old man with an injury which, in any other walk of life would have been operated on weeks ago, saying that he and his (in many cases even younger) team-mates have absolutely no idea if they have a job at the end of next month.

Any Yeovil Town fan knows all about the ‘will they? won’t they?’ situation with the takeover of the club, the apparent complete absence (at least publicly) of chairman and owner Scott Priestnall and a rudderless ship at Huish Park which has allowed manager Darren Sarll to walk away and join a rival club – and who can blame him?

Just read this that Josh told Adi Hopper at 3 Valley Radio:

Yeovil Town captain Josh Staunton.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

We are surrounded by uncertainty now and it is disappointing when you get to this stage of the season and you don’t know if you are wanted or unwanted.

“That is not just me, that is every player that is out of contract, we would like some sort of clarity of whether we need to look elsewhere or are going to be offered something.

“One of the benefits of having a younger team, that blind loyalty is there. If we had a group of older players who were more family-orientated, I think it would be a lot more toxic around the dressing room.

“Especially at this time of year when people are worrying about their futures.

Now the first thing to say is to praise Josh for his honesty and openness. There are few players in our squad – or indeed any squad in recent years – that clearly have the best interests of the club at heart more than Josh, so this is clearly something he has deep concerns about.

You can read more of what Josh said here or if you want to listen to the full show – try and skip the bits where Adi talks about things vibrating on his thighs (!), you can do that – here.

Now, I know that a footballers’ career is naturally more transient, but, even if you justify this situation that way, what of the other people who are employed by the club? The people looking after the stadium, running our community organisation, doing the finances, the media, all the other things that keep our club going.

Yesterday we paused and reflected on the tragic death of former captain Lee Collins and read heart-breaking tales about the demons which tormented him off-the-field.

As you will have heard Ian say on the latest podcast, we need to make sure the memory of Lee’s story stays with us as a football club – in our thoughts and our actions.

Lee’s concerns included about his future. Yet we have young people who find themselves with the same concerns and yet this seems to be happening. I ask again – how is this being allowed to happen?

Josh Staunton has called on those involved in deciding the future of Yeovil Town to give its players clarity on their future.

The midfielder said the ongoing speculation around a potential takeover of the club is unsettling for the squad with every player except defender Morgan Williams out of contract come the end of the season.

He was talking on the ‘Football, Bloody Hell’ programme on 3 Valleys Radiolisten here – and said the players had heard nothing from owner Scott Priestnall or any of the groups bidding to buy the club.

Josh Staunton has been playing with a hernia injury in recent weeks.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Staunton has been playing through the pain barrier due to a hernia in recent weeks and admitted he is concerned he could be left looking for a new club whilst injury.

The 26-year-old said: “We are surrounded by uncertainty now and it is disappointing when you get to this stage of the season and you don’t know if you are wanted or unwanted.

“That is not just me, that is every player that is out of contract, we would like some sort of clarity of whether we need to look elsewhere or are going to be offered something.

“One of the benefits of having a younger team, that blind loyalty is there. If we had a group of older players who were more family-orientated, I think it would be a lot more toxic around the dressing room.

“Especially at this time of year when people are worrying about their futures.

He was speaking with days after the departure of manager Darren Sarll, who joined National League rivals Woking on Monday after the club failed to discuss new terms with him with his contract up this summer.

Staunton said: “If anyone else was looking like they would be made redundant in any other job and they were offered a new job, no-one would begrudge them.

Darren Sarll, who took a job as Woking manager on Monday. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

“We are not in the position where we can take a year off and it won’t hurt our bank accounts, like Premier League footballers, we are normal people and we require jobs to live.

“The gaffer has two young kids, a wife and if someone gives you a secure contract, I would never begrudge him that security. That is what has cost Yeovil because he will be a massive loss to the club.

He added that he was having a scan on his groin hernia this week to assess the damage and said his own team-mates had warned him about the situation he was in.

He said: “I had a long conversation with one of the boys at the weekend who was saying to me ‘you are putting yourself at risk, you don’t know if the club want you’ because I am playing with injury.

“I’m getting through until the end of the season and someone might not want to pay for my operation at the end of the season, so I could be trying to find a new club whilst I am requiring surgery.

“All these things, even if they do not directly affect you, they take your toll.

We at the Gloverscast are sure we speak for every Yeovil Town fan when we say to Josh and the rest of the team – we want you at our club and we are sorry you are being put in this situation.

And, to those who are making these decisions, read what this young man is saying – both on his behalf and those of his team-mates – and think what your actions (or lack of them) are doing on a human level.

This is now about more than the ownership of a football club – do the decent thing and speak to these people about their futures.

Yeovil Town midfielder Josh Staunton has said that whilst a play-off charge is unlikely (but not impossible), it was still up to the group to find the motivation to finish the season strongly.

“I think it comes down to us as a group of players, with the manager, we are not going to be allowed to sit on our laurels and just float through the end of the season.”

“We’ve had a difficult run in ourselves, where we haven’t produced result like we wanted to, even if sometimes the performances have been really good.”

“It’s now a case in pride is us as a group and finish as high up the table as we can and you never know, in this league, if you can put a run together like we did before Christmas, maybe we can make a really late challenge. But I think it comes down to pride, we have to go out there in every game with the intent to win and take club as high up the table as we can, finish the season positively and that gives us a way to carry it through to next season.”

With regards to Saturday’s game against Grimsby, who are themselves flirting with the play-offs, Staunton thinks that it could act as a catalyst for a positive run.

“Every game at this level is hard, as we’ve seen… we played well when we went up to Grimsby, we just couldn’t score.

“It was probably the start of our good run, Grimsby away (Editor Note: we went 11 unbeaten after) so I think we go into it with positive thoughts, we played well against them last time, we were just lacking goals, if we can get an early one, it’ll change the atmosphere around the place, atmosphere in the dressing room and some of that belief might come back.”

There was no question about his ongoing hernia problem which was referenced after the game on Tuesday, but the fact that Sam got him to do press duty suggests he should be fine for the game.

Yeovil Town captain Josh Staunton.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Yeovil Town midfielder, Josh Staunton spoke to the club’s YouTube channel after the defeat to Wealdstone saying the game was a “really hard one to look back on“.

Staunton was speaking to club media manager Sam Collard after the game and admitted it’ll take some time to get over a defeat of that nature.

He said: “We looked completely disjointed probably from start to finish, the goals were very bad timing for us, we found ourselves in the game, but we weren’t playing well, we had no harmony”

“Second half, we mounted and effort, but to be honest, we let everyone down.”

Speaking out conceding just before the half time interval, Staunton said they had no one other to blame but themselves.

He said: “We were probably the masters of our own downfall, we were guilty for the two goals we conceded were poor goals and to be honest, they just summed the performance up.”

Looking forward, he admitted that it won’t be easy, but that the team knew what they had to do as they prepare for a trip to Eastleigh on Saturday.

Staunton added: “This will be a hard one to let go, because we were so devoid of any flow or creative spark, it makes it very difficult to galvanise a group… we’ve got to focus on the next one and hopefully we can move on from this, find some sort of flow, some sort of rhythm to our play and push forward.”

 

Josh Staunton could be back in contention for tomorrow’s National League fixture with Solihull Moors at Huish Park, according to manager Darren Sarll.

The midfielder missed the last two games after through injury fortnight ago and had been expected to miss three matches, which would put him out until the visit to Wealdstone on Tuesday night.

But, Sarll said he was expecting Staunton to be putting him “in a position” to consider him for selection in the Glovers’ training session on Friday.

Speaking ahead of that match, the manager said: “Josh is going to train today (Friday), so I think there is going to be a very difficult conversation today at 2pm between our physio.

Josh Staunton, who has missed the past two matches through injury.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

“Josh is a very demanding patient, he wants to get to the next bit yesterday and knowing him he will train this morning, get through it and then he’ll knock on my door and saying ‘I’m ready to go.’

“There should be more of a scientific process of coming back to play, but when you have got players like Josh Staunton who are ready to play with pain.

“I’m going to hold on to see how he does in training, knowing Josh he’ll be smashing in to things before the session has even started and he might put me in to a position (where I have to consider him) for tomorrow.”

He also revealed that midfielder Matt Worthington was “feeling tight” after coming off in the 67th minute of Tuesday night’s 1-1 derby draw with W*ymouth and would need to be reviewed ahead of the visit by Solihull.


 

Midfielder Lawson D’Ath can help to create more chances to get our strikers firing, the boss said.

The 29-year-old made his first appearance after nine months out through injury as a 67th-minute substitute against W*ymouth having re-signed until the end of the season.

Sarll said: “If you look at the creation of chances, we have tried to add to that by bringing Lawson in and even on Tuesday night, his passing, the way the ball arrives in front of the player just right. So many opportunities this season have been passed up because we have not got that creative timing right, so I am hoping as Lawson gets fitter and accustomed to game time, he will give us that.

He quickly added that he believed the former Reading youngster was “nowhere near fit enough to start a game” yet.


Solihull Moors strikers Danny Newton and Andrew Dallas were both players that Darren Sarll spoke with about coming to Yeovil in the summer.

Newton played for the manager at Stevenage and joined this weekend’s opponents instead, whilst Dallas was also someone who the boss looked at.

He said: “I know Danny very well, I brought him to Stevenage from Telford, and he was a player we spoke with and we would have liked him with us. Andrew Dallas was someone they acquired from Cambridge for a fee which was out of our capabilities. I don’t know Andrew, but I know Danny, he did really well for me at Stevenage coming out of National League North and in to the League. They are in good form and Neal (Ardley) is a very experienced coach and a good guy, so these are tough games but they are the ones we have applied ourselves well in the past. I am looking forward to this one more than I was on Tuesday, it’s a good game for us.”

Yeovil Town captain Josh Staunton.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Josh Staunton is the most important player to the future of Yeovil Town Football Club since Terry Skiverton.

That’s a statement isn’t it? I’ve said it, heck I’ve written it down for you the humble reader of the Gloverscast.

You’ve read the headline, you’ve taken the click bait and now you’re waiting to see what I have to say for myself.

Well, I stand by it.

Skivo hung up his playing boots in 2010.

Since then, the Glovers have been okay, been very good and been utterly rubbish sometimes all at the same time.

We hung around in League One, got out of League One, fell back through League One before treading water in League Two and eventually well, here we are a non-League club again.

During that time, there are maybe only a couple of standout moments and teams, the main one of course being winning promotion to the Championship.

I’d argue that, of course, the 2013 team was full of these incredible players, but for me, it felt like a team who had won the Lottery. Marek Stech in goal, Ed Upson, Paddy Madden, Luke Ayling, Joe Edwards, Sam Foley, Jamie McAllister and so on and so forth.

How many of those players, honestly, at that point in time had their next five years planned out at Huish Park? Arguably, none.

We’d have wanted them all to stay but they were snaffled up, pushed out, on too much money, sold for big bucks, given opportunities at clubs they could only dream of playing for just a few months before that group got together.

Josh Staunton rises highest to a header. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

My argument here is that if you said to me, Josh Staunton has signed a deal at Huish Park until the summer of 2026, I’d not only believe you and I’d know we’d be able to build maybe more than group around him. The last player we could honestly say that with… Terry Skiverton.

Skivo marshalled our 2003 side out of non-League, he led the rampage through League Two, and even that incredible 2007 side to the League One play-off final against all odds..

The Yeovil sides that dropped out of League One with a whimper or sleep-walked out of League Two had a couple of good players and maybe if I’d have written this at the moment of relegation in 2019, this blog would have had a similar feel to it about Carl Dickinson – but he wasn’t exactly reaching his peak years.

Then there’s that first non-League side.

I’m still staggered Darren Sarll found the group he did in less than a month after being appointed, but knowing that group as we now do, I’m not surprised he galvanised them to a play off spot.

It wasn’t to be for Stuart Nelson, Luke Wilkinson, Dicko, Lee Collins, Charlie Lee, Rhys Murphy and Co., and, of course, only one of those names still plays for us.

Yeovil Town defender Luke Wilkinson.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Wilkinson isn’t exactly old at 31, he’s got a few more seasons left in him at this level, he could probably give the EFL another crack if the chance came along.

But, here again, Josh Staunton is just 26.

His best five or six years are just starting now.

He’s a leader, a midfielder, a central defender, he’s fronted up to the media after losses, and is right now the first name on the team sheet as something of standard setter.

Gloverscast CEO Ian spoke of how his arrival off the bench in the FA Trophy game against Woking from the bench– to protect the already booked Luke Wilkinson – helped change the game. We noticeably missed him in the only 45 minutes he wasn’t on the pitch.

His comeback story from being given a “20% chance of playing again” last season is, quite frankly ridiculous – even our Hollywood friends in North Wales wouldn’t write that script.

The idea of loyalty in football to the level Skivo has shown Yeovil is all but gone, it would be bonkers to think any player from this generation would be with this club until 2042 in some way, shape or form.

But in the following scenarios at the end of this season, with the next four or five campaigns in mind, does this current Josh Staunton not make every single one of them better?

  • We don’t go up, we fall short by 15 points finish 12th and have to rebuild with most of the squad leaving this summer.
  • We don’t go up, we lose the play-off final on penalties, we have to pick up this dejected young squad who would have never felt football anguish like it before.
  • We do go up, (yay!), but our best players are snapped up by rich non-League clubs and those more geographically suitable to their families.
  • We do go up (yay, again!) and we keep the bulk of this squad together.

In each of those four scenarios, Josh Staunton provides the on or off the pitch leadership we haven’t really seen since… you guessed it, Skivo.

So, yeah, sure we’ve all made fun about how much I think of Josh this season and how much we clearly missed him last season.

But if we turn the year with a new owner, or start to plan for 2022-23 counting every penny in just the same way we have this campaign, the first signature we should aim for is that of our number 32.

Not just short-term either, let’s set our stall out early as he is likely to be the mainstay of this side well beyond Wilkinson, Reuben Reid and Mark Little – the three elder statesmen of the group.

Staunton has (at time of writing) played just 24 league games for us, he’s about half way to playing more games for us than any other side in his career.

He can lead this side for 100 more games easily, maybe into the Football League and certainly through rocky patches ahead.

There will not be many 26-year-olds at this level with 150 games already behind them and playing at the level where 150 more are perfectly feasible.

Sign him on. He’s the present and future of our team, we cannot throw this chance away.

It has always taken a certain type of player to play for Yeovil. We’ve heard the stories of Staunton joining the other injured players last season in playing a key role in getting the side through the end of the campaign and we’ve seen him don the captain’s armband on a few occasions this term too.

Qualities are not always easy to define, but you know what I mean. We’ve had loanees that ‘get it’ and some that don’t, we’ve had plenty of permanent signings come and go without so much as a shrug of the shoulders, we’ve had short term flashes of brilliance… we haven’t had all those positive attributes wrapped up into one person, one leader who can shape what this football club looks like for the next generation… since, you know who.

I cannot stress this enough, Josh Staunton is the most important player to the future of Yeovil Town Football Club since Terry Skiverton.


Editor’s note.

I have gone back and forth with writing and publishing this, I’m fully expecting a level of ridicule and outrage, but the reason I’ve gone with it, is that, I want to start the chat about getting contracts sorted beyond this season and quite how our squad looks in the medium to long term and I believe Josh Staunton has every attribute Skivo had and we should everything in our power to harness that.

If Staunton isn’t the most important player to YTFC, why? Who else has affected us (or will affect us) on the pitch in that same time frame?

Let us know! 

Josh Staunton.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Yeovil Town midfielder Josh Staunton fronted up to the media after the 3-0 Boxing Day defeat to Torquay United and couldn’t hide his disappointment  at the result or performance.

He told BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins: “We weren’t anywhere near our best today, but we were still competing for probably 65 minutes, and then we’re disappointed at the ending, because we’ve been finishing games so strongly, the way we’ve come to the end of the run is really disappointing.

“I think it’s important as a group, we don’t feel like it’s the end of the world, it gives us a chance to start a new run. We’ve got a chance to put it right after New Year’s Day”

When asked about the impact of Sonny Blu Lo-Everton’s red card on 64 minutes with the game still goalless, he said the team could have responded better.

He added: “I think that’s where we have to take a bit more responsibility, remain calm, I think we lost our composure and that’s something which we haven’t done the last two months even when we’ve faced a bit of adversity, we’ve stood up to it, and today we didn’t.

“We let the red card (for Lo-Everton) really affect us, not in terms of numerical advantage, but in terms of mentality on the pitch. It’s something which we can’t allow to happen again.”

Staunton was questioned on what he and the side would take away from the defeat and he was adamant that the team would be stronger for it.

“You learn from every loss and every win, and unfortunately today, we’ve learnt the hard way. It’s a good lesson for us as a group, in terms of – we went behind against Woking but managed to come back – but we just lost our composure and lost our cool and it just goes to show, at this level, you can’t afford to have those days.

“Even for 65 minutes we weren’t at our best, but still competing, and we were in the game. We didn’t agree with things on the pitch and it’s cost us today. It’s important we learn those lessons that not everything is going to go our way, but we remain as a group and stand up and face them head on.”

Attention turned to the reverse fixture with Torquay again in the Glovers’ firing line, this time at Huish Park next Sunday.

“We take every game on it’s merit, but it (playing Torquay again so quickly) adds a bit of fuel to the fire, because, just like when we played Weymouth (in the FA Cup) we’ve got a point to prove.

“It’s disappointing, we haven’t got the game on the 28th to have a quick rebound, so we have got to hang fire for a week, but it gives us chance to right some wrongs in training, work hard and get back to what we have been doing previously.

“The most important thing is that we don’t get too down after today, because over a campaign you have ups and downs and today, we’ve had one of those downs.”

The last-minute equaliser against local rivals W*ymouth was the turning point for Yeovil Town this season, according to Josh Staunton.

The midfielder-turned-defender said the late leveller from Tom Bearwish in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie in October force the players to look at themselves.

Having won the replay in a dramatic penalty shoot-out, the Glovers have won seven, drawn two and lost one of the last ten matches.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup second round tie at home to

Josh Staunton disagrees with Brad Ash of Weymouth

Stevenage, Staunton said: “I think when we played W*ymouth here and conceded in the last minute, we learnt a lot about each other  and it was a platform to build on.

It was a case of we go one way or the other and we stood up to the test and we have grown as a group.

“The belief we have now is something we were lacking earlier in the season.

The stand-in skipper, who opened his goal-scoring account with the first in the 2-0 win at Wrexham in midweek, said he felt “like a proud father” to his young team-mates.

He added that he felt the team had “found the emotional maturity” they needed to get through games.

He added: “We don’t get too carried away when we win and we don’t think we’re going to get relegated when we lose.

“We’ve found a way to get those results and momentum is a massive thing in football, when you are riding that wave you need to take riding it.”

 

Yeovil Town stand-in skipper Josh Staunton has hailed the spirit of the team after a 2-0 win at big-spending Wrexham.

He scored his first goal for the club after 64 minutes at a wet and windy Racecourse Ground and put in another solid performance against one of the division’s promotion favourites.

The win stretches the unbeaten run to nine games and sees the Glovers unbeaten throughout January with 10 points from their last 12.

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins, Staunton said: “Money buys you certain things, but we are here for Yeovil (Town) Football Club and the spirit and heart we have that is priceless.

“We have been showing that this last month with some results where we have dug in, tonight we stood up where we needed to and we have come out with a result regardless of resources.

I have been in teams where there has been a lot more experience, but the heart in some of those young lads, especially key players like Mossy who are not Yeovil players like Mossy (Dan Moss) who is not (a contracted player).

“You can’t ask for much more, they have been giving everything and when we have been tested with a small squad, every player has stood up and you can’t ask much more.”

Staunton was full of praise for his defensive team-mates who were excellent against a star-studded Wrexham frontline including big money summer signings Paul Mullin and Jake Hyde.

He added: “I thought the back four were excellent today, young Hunty alongside me and the two full-backs.

“Morgan Williams stepping in at left-back was a different class, some of the headers he won at the back stick and even just coming inside on his right foot was excellent.

“It is not easy stepping in when you have been out in the cold, coming back from injury.”

 

 

Yeovil Town captain Josh Staunton.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Yeovil Town’s stand in skipper, Josh Staunton has been given a place in the Vanarama Team of the Week for the FA Cup.

The Glovers saw off Yate Town 5-0 in the first round proper, with Staunton not only keeping a clean sheet, but also providing an assist for Adi Yussuf’s goal.

Yeovil with host either MK Dons or Stevenage in the 2nd round in early December.

The Glovers have now gone three games without conceding with both Woking and Solihull also failing to breach the defence.

 

 

 

 

Josh Staunton has told his Yeovil Town team-mates they have to look at themselves after conceding an injury-time equaliser against local rivals W*ymouth.

The Glovers’ skipper said the team had “not been good enough” in recent matches and had missed an opportunity to put things right and book their place in the FA Cup first round proper on Saturday.

The 93rd minute strike from Tom Bearwish saw the fourth qualifying round finish in a 1-1 draw at Huish Park.

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins, he said: “Second half we have to look at ourselves as a group of men and ask why we went away from something that was working in the first half.

“We are disappointed to concede after holding on for so long, but we should never have given the a chance.

“There is no hiding place for us at the moment, the last four or five games has not been good enough and today was a chance to put it right and we didn’t do it.”

Yeovil Town captain Josh Staunton.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

The 26-year-old, who played in the heart of defence alongside Max Hunt, said failing to add to their one-goal advantage in the second half was the major factor behind not winning the game.

Staunton refused to make excuses for the late equaliser saying to blame it on a lapse in concentration was “a cop out.

He said: “We have to take ownership, those pivotal moments are fine margins.

“I put it down to going in to our shells at the wrong times, we have to get in to a mentality where someone is going to come and win that ball.

The skipper said his team-mates now have to go in to the replay at the Bob Lucas Stadium, which is expected to be played on Tuesday night, and be prepared to go at W*ymouth.

He said: “We have to go there and put our foot down and show to them we are Yeovil and we are going to do what we do.

“The dressing room is hurting and sometimes from moments like that groups shine and we have to make sure we go in the right direction.

“The replay is the perfect opportunity to show and put three or four past them and show them that they go lucky here today.

Josh Staunton has said it is “a massive honour” to wear the captain’s armband in the absence of Luke Wilkinson.

The 26-year-old, who has also taken the skipper’s spot in the heart of defence for the last two games, said the responsibility is bringing out the best in him.

Speaking to the Gloverscast’s Ben Barrett ahead of the weekend’s fixture with Notts County, Staunton said: “To be handed the armband for a club like Yeovil is a massive honour and I feel proud every time I have done it.

Josh Staunton in the thick of it against King’s Lynn Town.

“I have really enjoyed it and always felt it brings the best out of me, when I was under-23 captain I seemed to find an extra per cent in me.

“I’m delighted to be wearing, I like the responsibility.

Despite being on four yellows cards and only one away from a suspension, Staunton said he will not change his whole-hearted approach.

He added: “I think all my bookings have been for tackles and I would much rather that than be done for dissent.

“As a player you are if you are committed you are going to get a few. I don’t change my approach, I don’t go out there thinking I can’t get yellow carded.

“You still have to make sure you are making the right decisions and the team has to come first, if I have to take a yellow card for the team and miss Tuesday night (at home to Altrincham) so be it.”

Josh Staunton.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Yeovil Town’s Josh Staunton took to social media following the Glovers’ 2-1 defeat to Boreham Wood to praise the performance of the side despite the result.

Dale Gorman’s opener was cancelled out by an own goal before Adi Yussuf was sent off just before half time.

Boreham Wood scored a winner midway through the second half with the Glovers unable to equalise despite a number of late chances.

Staunton, who was captain in the absence of Luke Wilkinson and Mark Little, said on Twitter;

“Always a hard pill to swallow after a loss. Especially after battling away with 10 men. Thought the boys were excellent second half and we were unlucky to come away empty handed in the end. The fans were amazing, we appreciate the support!”

 

 

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll said he was disappointed with the body language shown by his players in the first half of today’s 2-0 home defeat against Chesterfield.

But, the boss said he was not ready to write off his team any more than he was ready to crown them champions after last weekend’s 3-0 win away at Stockport County.

Speaking to BBC Radio Somerset’s Sheridan Robins after the match, Sarll said the second goal scored by ex-Glovers’ loanee Kabongo Tshimanga after 36 minutes was “a horror show.”

Darren Sarll
Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz,.

He said: “(Both goals) are down to lapses of concentration and we have paid for that, but I don’t think it is time we start rolling out the shotguns and blowing people’s heads off.

“We as a team did that and we as a team did what we did last week (beating Stockport County 3-0), and we as a team will take what we did this week.

“My biggest disappointment in the first half was the body language of some of the players, I don’t think they showed enough. Body language is always a reflection of what someone is thinking, so if they are thinking positively it reflects.

“Too many of our players looked uninterested and that is something for me to think about and that is the worst part of the day for me.”

Midfielder Josh Staunton added that the first half performance was “not acceptable” adding that the second goal was out of character for a defence which has kept clean sheets in its last two matches.

He said: “We can’t allow (mistakes like that) to creep in because one straight ball over the top should not be causing us problems like that.

“We came out in the second half much better in terms of intensity, shape and patience off the ball and they stopped playing through us.

But, Staunton was also not willing to lose his head over a defeat any more than he was after last weekend’s victory.

He said: “Even with three (wins) on the bounce (in our previous three games) we have achieved nothing.

“One win does not make us the best in the league, and one loss does not make us the worst in the league, so it is important we find some middle ground.”

Midfielder Josh Staunton was disappointed at the decision to disallow what would have been his first Yeovil Town goal today.

He thought he has put the Glovers ahead after 15 minutes of the 2-0 defeat to Chesterfield only for the goal to be disallowed for a foul on visiting keeper Scott Loach.

The decision came just moments before the Spireites broke down the other end and opened the scoring through an own goal by hosts’ stopper Grant Smith.

Josh Staunton.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Speaking after the match, Staunton said: “I thought the goalie just dropped it, to be fair, but they were saying he got hit from behind.

“Goalkeepers are often quite well protected and then they went up the other end and scored with an attack where it has hit the post and come of Granty (Smith) and gone in.

“So that swung the momentum massively in their favour and it just carried on that way in the first half.

Asked about the decision, Yeovil manager Darren Sarll said the foul was “a bit soft.

He said: “It is really difficult in real time, but I did not see arms (raised) I just saw Max Hunt trying to head the ball. It looked a bit soft but goalkeepers get looked after quite a lot these days.”

However, neither Sarll and Staunton had any complaints about the result and praised Chesterfield for their performance in both boxes.

The manager said: “Teams that win leagues have quality in the boxes and I thought Chesterfield were very good in the boxes today.

“I don’t know the numbers of chances compared to ours, but their defending at set plays was very strong and they have that strength of character and physique.

Staunton added: “You win and lose games inside the boxes and today (Chesterfield) were better than us in both boxes.

 

Following Yeovil Town’s opening day defeat to King’s Lynn, Glovers midfielder Josh Staunton admitted that the loss was ‘frustrating’ and that two lapses in concentration were all that separated the hosts from their visitors.

Josh Staunton in the thick of it against King’s Lynn Town.

The Glovers were reduced to 10-men in the first half when Matt Worthington was given his marching orders, something which Staunton admits didn’t help, but maybe wasn’t the definitive moment in the match.

“We are disappointed… It (the red card) was early on, we were slow finding our feet, but it killed our momentum after the goal, our structure looked good, they were struggling to break us down, which makes it all the more disappointing to concede two late on.”

“We probably switched off on two occasions – we’d headed away ball  after ball all afternoon – and then twice when it mattered, we were found wanting a bit”

Yeovil had actually got off to a positive start with Joe Quigley opening the scoring, but despite the early lead, the change in momentum gave the Linnets much more of the ball throughout the game.

“Yeah, it was a hell of a strike by Quigz (Joe Quigley)” Staunton told BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins,

“But it’s not an ideal team to go down to 10-men against, they play it around nicely with the wing backs pushing high, it penned us in

“For the majority of the game, I felt personally quite comfortable, they were never really penetrating us too badly, it was two sloppy goals, it wasn’t like they carved us open, we will look back at them and know theyre avoidable”

Attention soon turned to the future, with the Glovers back in action in less than 48 hours time against Aldershot.

“I know there’s a lot more to come from the group and hopefully we can get games where we can get a foothold in the game and can build and build and build.”

“I think it (the Aldershot game) is a perfect chance, early on in the season.. there’s no dwelling on it from us, we’ve got to get ourselve’ right tomrrow and get to Aldershot and get a result we need”

 

 

Yeovil Town midfielder Josh Staunton spoke candidly about his topsy turvy time at Huish Park when appearing on the latest Gloverscast, despite chatting about how ankle and knee injuries nearly ended his career let alone his season, the former Halifax Town man was still positive and upbeat about the Glovers chances this season as well as his own personal ambitions.

“We were all massively disappointed with last season and it is now time to put it right.”

“We have fresh group of players and at times, especially after seasons like we had last year, you need a refresh, you need new characters around the dressing room who have no association with the club.”

Staunton managed just a handful of games in his first season with the club, but having played plenty of football at National League level remains one of the more experienced members of the side, something which he believes he can use to his advantage following the the departure of Charlie Lee, Carl Dickinson and Jimmy Smith

“They (Dickinson, Lee, Smith) are huge characters to replace and they embedded something in the club and it’s now time for other players to step up, fill those boots and be those senior voices.

“Even when I was 20, I was a leader in terms of what I did on the pitch and off it and I think it is a character trait you have.”

Whilst the Captains armband has been worn by new signing Mark Little for the first couple of preseason fixtures, a role Staunton admits he’d like, but wouldn’t define his performances.

“I would love to be captain one day, the way pre-season has gone Litts (Mark Little) will be captain, he is an unbelievable character and a great character in the dressing room, It would be a huge honour to be captain of Yeovil, but I will do exactly the same in the way I play whether I am wearing an armband or not.”

Whether skipper or not, Staunton has joined a number of other squad members in outlining their ambitions to get Yeovil out of the National League and back where it belongs, in the Football League.

“If we went in to the season and we were not saying (we can get promoted), a club of this stature should be worried…A few of the more senior boys have set ourselves targets and our targets are clear, we have not come here to be part of this league for a long time.”

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Josh Staunton has revealed that one specialist only gave him a 20% chance of playing again after a knee injury which kept him out for most of last season.

The Yeovil Town midfielder spoke to the Gloverscast in a podcast which will be available on Monday about the injury which ended his season after just seven matches last year.

He recalled how during the FA Cup defeat at Stockport County last November he suffered an injury where he felt like his knee “exploded” and could not move it when he got back on the bus.

But, he played in the home game with Eastleigh just two days later “loaded up with painkillers” with the Glovers suffering an injury crisis at the time.

The 25-year-old recalled: “I was as good as useless, I had half a leg to stand on and every time I got the ball I felt uncomfortable.

“In hindsight, I never should have played but I thought I could get through for the benefit of the team and went for a scan and it was about as bad as it could be.

“There was a period of time where specialists were saying I would never play again. One specialist gave me a 20% chance of running properly again, so there was a time where I thought that was me done.

“Then I saw a different specialist and there was a bit more optimism and that triggered something inside me and I thought to myself ‘this is a chance to come back better’ and I had something to push towards.

In a new episode of the Gloverscast due out now, Josh spoke to Ben Barrett about the tragic loss of club captain Lee Collins, the frustrations of the disappointing National League campaign last season and his hopes for the coming campaign.