Date: 29th March 2015 at 8:39pm
Written by:

Terry Skiverton has said it’s a case of ‘Groundhog Day’ for Yeovil again following our loss to Yeovil Town.

Rochdale Highlights
Rochdale Match Report
Rochdale Match Stats

Having won a penalty in the first period, James Hayter allowed their goalkeeper to take the plaudits as he made the save, and having quickly fallen two goal behind after the half time restart, Hayter’s 56th minute goal proved to be nothing more than a consolation at full time and the disappointment for Skiverton was he knew had the penalty gone in, the game becomes a different beast.

In quotes carried by the Western Gazette following the game – our fourth straight defeat – he explained.

‘I think it’s groundhog day. The players were bitterly disappointed because they gave everything. First half again we came out of the traps flying and we were outstanding. We really penned them into their half and we had numerous corners early on and then when James Hayter gets us the penalty you think right this is going to settle us down. Then we still had chances after that. I thought the deliveries were good. Stephen Arturworrey had a free header on the six yard box that he heads over. We get in at half-time and we’re thinking now we’re going to take over.’

And then the disappointment began, and we’ve seen it so many times before – a bit of belief and hope comes from a performance and this season it gets thrown away.

‘Then the pattern continued for us that has been happening in recent times by conceding two goals in a small space of time. The one things I was pleased with was the response. They could have curled up and died but they came back. James Hayter actually took his goal really well later on and then when you see the annuals of the game out – and there was nothing really in it after that – if you come out with a victory or a 2-2 draw you’d have been happy against a promotion chasing team. They had a few chances, but you come to Rochdale and I don’t care who you are your goalkeepers have got to make saves because they’re one of the highest scorers in the league.’

With positives talked about from the reaction, that needs to be the basis though but with a clinical edge up front and it’s been something we’ve been lacking all season long.

‘The support was magnificent. They came up here in droves again. The supporters are right behind us and the players felt that. They showed out supporters the fight and determination, but individual mistakes and errors have cost us today. It’s a bitter pill to swallow. I’m really hurting inside as I have been for the last two years every time we get a defeat, but they showed today that they are trying and they played with a good intensity and they went out there to try and win today. But when you’re not good enough with the key incidents that’s what happens. We’ll stay strong and the thing we’re looking for now is that we are as competitive as we can be and today I thought we were competitive. You can see they’ve not thrown in today with the effort, but you can’t legislate for moments of madness and that’s what’s cost us today.’

Moments of madness, a lack of lady luck – it’s been costing us since last year really as having shown we could for large parts compete – it was that final element in both boxes that cost us too many points and that trend hasn’t been stemmed this year.

Join The Vital Debate