Yeovil Town manager Darren Way called for more positivity on the back of a vital 1-0 win over York City that gives the Glovers their first league win since September.
Matty Dolan’s 39th minute penalty after a foul on Francois Zoko was enough to give Yeovil all three points in the opening game of 2016, their first at home since Luton in August.
After a month as interim manager, Way was handed the job on a full time basis earlier in the week and the former Glovers midfielder was as always keen to keep the good feeling going.
“It feels very good.” said Way, “I told the lads that we had beaten Stevenage and drew against Barnet and Oxford, so I’ve not focused on what everyone else was talking about, that’s doom and gloom.
“This club needs to be positive, and that’s what I’m trying to get across to the players, and they’re giving everything they’ve got.”
Despite Jack Compton and the felled Zoko wanting to take the spot-kick, Dolan stepped up to take what ended up being the match-winning moment.
And Way praised his influential midfielder for his confidence, explaining, “It was always Matty’s penalty for me, he’s got a good strike on him and he’s been a massive influence because there was pressure on it.
“We had to score that goal, you can imagine people’s reactions if that didn’t go in, so fair play to him he stepped up nice and confident, and was very positive.”
As expected, York desperately tried to get back into the game but like the Oxford draw five days previous dug deep to keep another clean sheet, which impressed the Glovers manager.
He said, “It’s been like that every game, there’s so much at stake. I’ve seen that we’ve brought one or two more teams back into it, so I’m very pleased for the players more than anything.
“I think they deserve it off the back of the hard period and today was a must win game but in my eyes was the most difficult game.”
Way again praised the Huish Park faithful as they roared the team over the line towards the crucial win, saying “There was one thing I’ve tried to do since I took over the job which was get the players closer to the supporters and it’s starting to happen.
“There’s a lot of love and respect that’s shown from the supporters to the players. Again, fair play to the ones who turn up every week because they’ve seen with their own eyes what these players are giving to this football club.”
After being boosted by the news that captain Darren Ward has extended his Somerset stay by 18 months and the signing of West Brom youngster Tahvon Campbell, Way is now keen to keep Francois Zoko.
After taking a bit of time to get fit, the Ivorian now has three goals in the Green and White, and the Glovers boss is keen to keep the hitman.
Way explained “We’re desperate to sort that situation out because I want to keep the momentum going and he’s been a part of that.”