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GARY DELIGHTED WITH PERFORMANCE

5 April 2014

Manager delighted with response from players

After Saturday’s 2-1 victory away at Blackpool manager Gary Johnson was delighted with his side’s performance.

Goals from strike partnership James Hayter and Tom Lawrence were enough to see off the Seasiders as the Glovers completed the double over Barry Ferguson’s side at Bloomfield Road.

After last weekend’s 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Barnsley, Johnson was left delighted with the response from his players.

“We had a big meeting last night and they put in to words what they wanted to do in the next few games and then it was about whether they could put those words into action, and I thought they did that today.

“Everyone played their part and when Blackpool got in the box late on - and they were getting the ball in there as often as they could and their centre halves stayed up - we still got our heads onto it and were picking up the seconds so it was a great away performance and their crowd were frustrated and we absolutely frustrated them.

To be fair, it was us who created it, not their own team. We stopped them doing anything they wanted to do and that was the perfect away performance. It got a bit shaky when Grandin scored from 30 odd yards but we held on and we put ourselves back in the frame.

“We played a lot of good football especially in the first half and kept the ball a lot better, although we’ve still probably got to do a little bit better than that; in the second half I’d have liked to have kept it. But we had runners today and willing workers and that was what we needed because we went down like a damp squib against Barnsley and didn’t have enough movement upfront like we had today.”

And Johnson wasn’t only pleased with the improved movement upfront, as Manchester United loanee Lawrence scored his first goal for Yeovil which left the Glovers gaffer expecting more from his strike duo.

“I’m pleased for him because he’s dangerous and you’ve got to defend very well when he’s got the ball and running at somebody and to be fair a couple of times they did defend well.

“But the one time we broke really well in the second half we had an overload and he finishes with aplomb and he’ll get more goals for us, that’s why we wanted to have a look at those two together because not only have they got a work rate but they’re very good finishers.”

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