Date: 6th February 2014 at 6:27am
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Manager Gary Johnson has said that Yeovil Town will show they have learned their lessons when we face off against Leeds United, because despite their well documented and somewhat bizarre off the field issues at the moment, we will not go into the game doubting the professionalism of the players to do the jobs they are tasked with.

Yeovil have come up against some good opposition of late, and whilst we haven’t exactly embarrassed ourselves, the games against Southampton, Derby County and Nottingham Forest, which all ended in defeat, have shown clear areas of improvement we need to make and lessons that we quickly need to learn.

Speaking to the Western Gazette ahead of the game Johnson said we couldn’t afford to underestimate them and expect their heads to have been turned by owner and managerial issues in the recent week, as we will have to be on our game and show improvement to bring an end to four consecutive home defeats.

To back up his assertion, he pointed very clearly to their game against Huddersfield Town last weekend which finished with Leeds taking a 5-1 victory.

‘You can’t be distracted, if that’s turmoil (the Huddersfield game) then let’s hope they get is sussed out.’

Johnson goes on to say he’s experienced situations somewhat similar himself, and the bottom line is always that even if off pitch activities do have a slight affect on a team as a whole, the good players get their heads down and do what they are paid to do because whatever they feel about a club, owner, manager, tealady – it’s their career ultimately.

‘We will be ready if any of them have an off day, but I’m pretty sure Brian will be there come Saturday.’

Talking more specifically about the lessons we can take from recent games, he knows it’s the level we should strive towards if we want to ensure survival and continue to show improvement as a club and individually as players, because it’s all about doing the basics right, limiting errors, and then being ready to make a chance count when it presents itself.

But there were positives, and stretches of the game where things could’ve turned out differently for us if we’d have been more on the ball in the moment, and that’s got to be the biggest lesson to take – in spells of a match that go for us, don’t concede a sloppy goal at the back, and make it count at the other end so we force a team to come at us and open up more at the back, but we also give ourselves something to hold on to.

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