Date: 16th March 2015 at 12:22pm
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Manager Terry Skiverton was left disappointed and embarrassed by the three nil defeat to Leyton Orient at the weekend.

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Speaking to the press following the heavy and lacklustre defeat, our caretaker gaffer didn’t pull many punches and he admitted that a good number of the players had to remember they were playing for their futures with us – and with other teams and players who don’t impress don’t get a contract.

In quotes carried by the Western Daily Press following the game, Skiverton explained.

‘That was a real sucker punch today. I was happy that we didn’t concede seven or eight in that first half. We really came up short today and it was really disappointing. We were too easily cut open and that was the most disappointing thing. I think a lot of our players froze today, or it was a bit too much for them.’

Skiverton’s feelings after the game can really be summed up by his next sentence when speaking to the press.

‘That was the first time since I’ve taken over that I wanted to rip peoples’ heads off at half-time.’

With some choice words in the half time break and you would imagine quite a few home truths, the gaffer was more pleased with the reaction the players showed and the performance they put in in the final 45 minutes but he still knows it was well short of what we need and should be doing given our position in the league.

‘We came out in the second half and it was a little bit better, but with the points gap having got bigger it leaves us with it all to do. I’d like to apologise to the travelling supporters who came down today. It’s a great day for football and Yeovil Town didn’t turn up.’

As for what might have been said at half time and at full time in the dressing room, well Skiverton wasn’t going to elaborate on what was said or repeat any of the comments, but again with what he does say it’s pretty clear really.

‘I was angry. That was the first time I had to really get angry with this group. That is why we are where we are, which is rock bottom of the league. It looked like in the first half some of our experienced players looked like they’d given up. My family were at the game today and I feel embarrassed. That wasn’t acceptable from a Yeovil Town team.’

In many ways the only positive he could take from the game was the return of skipper Joe Edwards who missed the last six matches with an ankle problem – however his performance wasn’t one of the positives either albeit having been out for that period maybe he has an excuse for this weekend only.

‘I thought Joe was really rusty and he wasn’t his usual self. We looked really weak as individuals. I felt we were leaderless. There’s a lot of people now who have got to raise their games for their futures. There’s a lot of players at this club out of contract this season and if anyone was watching today they wouldn’t be taking them, they’ll be going out of the League. If the going gets tough and you don’t step up you’ll be going out of football very quickly and I’ve made that clear to them today.’

If that doesn’t wake some of them up, nothing will really as those last few sentences say everything.

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