A disappointed Matt Worthington spoke to BBC Somerset’s Ian Randall following Yeovil’s 2-1 defeat at Maidstone this afternoon.

The skipper was, on the whole, disappointed with the afternoon in Kent as the Glovers conceded two first half goals and gave themselves an uphill struggle to get back into it.

Worthy said: “I thought [in the] first half we didn’t defend well enough [the] balls into the box, which we knew they were good at. They looked for the ball forward and get crosses in wide areas and ultimately we didn’t defend the the box well enough. Two goals come from crosses and I think a free kick as well, so we’re disappointed with that.

“[In the] second-half, we were in total control, I’d say. But it was a little too late. And we were sort of pushing for the second goal, and was unlucky not to get it. But like I said, we weren’t, we weren’t good enough in the first half and we gave ourselves a challenge in the second-half.”

Picture courtesy of Gary Brown.

Mark Cooper made some tactical switches this afternoon with Charlie Cooper absent through injury and Michael Smith yet to return. Jake Wannell, conceded a free kick which Maidstone scored their opener from.

“We stick by all the lads. He’s made the decision and like you said, he’s done it all season. He’s done it very well, him and Morgs. Unfortunately, that didn’t come off, we conceded. But I was saying in there that we all stick together, still 10 points clear game in hand. But we’re disappointed with today.”

The Glovers couldn’t get fully into their rhythm in the first half, and resolute defending from the hosts in the second half restricted Yeovil to one goal from substitute Dylan Morgan.

Worthington said: “I think when you’re defending a lot in the first half, which we did, it puts it out of sync in the final third. We had quite a few chances in the first half with some good play, some good link up play, but we couldn’t really finish it off, which we’re obviously disappointed with. But [in the] second-half we had more chances. We had a lot of the play. A little bit too late to get the second one, which we’re disappointed with.

“They [Maidstone] made it difficult because they sat in. But yeah, we always believe that going score goals think we said that a lot. As long as we defend well, we’re always going to score goals and have chances. So I think that us not defending well today has hurt us really because, we got the goal and we were pushing for the second.”

With Tonbridge away next weekend, Worthington said the team will be back at training this week to look at what went wrong.

“As a group we have to stay together. We have to analyse it and see what went wrong today and put it right. We have to demand standards from eachother when we have meetings, sometimes, we can not dig people out, but we sit together and we talk about what went wrong. We have to stick together now and we will be better for it.”

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