Darren Way says that his players showed incredible commitment after battling to a 0-0 draw against League Two promotion hopefuls Oxford United, and preserves his unbeaten run at Huish Park.
After taking charge on December 1st, the Glovers have only lost to Monday’s opponents in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and league leaders Plymouth away at Home Park on Boxing Day.
And Way’s side battled to another point by denying who he thinks are the best side in the division, after an inspired performance by goalkeeper Artur Krysiak keeping the U’s at bay despite heavy pressure in the second half.
Way was proud of his players battling performance, explaining “I think every game I’ve been involved in as a manager has been close, and I thank the players for that. They put pride and passion into wearing that shirt, and they definitely done that today.
“They worked their socks off against what is the best side in the league by a million miles. The squad they have at their disposal, and fair play to him (Michael Appleton) he’s got them playing really well.”
The Glovers interim boss was thankful once again to the contribution made by the supporters, with over 4000 fans turning up to Huish Park to cheer on the players.
Way explained “I wanted the second home win since I’ve been here, but with the run-in we had you had to be realistic; it felt okay, it felt good.
“If you sat at home or listened to the radio, you don’t really get a feeling of what the players are giving every week.
“But the supporters here could, and I thank them for turning up every week and supporting the football club. It’s about this football club staying in the league and we’ve all got a big part in that.”
With Yeovil chairman John Fry saying that the decision about the next permanent manager at the football club will be made before the transfer window opens on New Years Day, Way will soon know whether he has done enough to keep the job full time.
But whilst he does not know yet whether he will be handed the job, the Yeovil interim manager is thankful to the support of the squad, particularly skipper Darren Ward whose own short-term contract expires in January 2016, and reiterated that he feels the squad can stay up.
“He knows what it feels like to be in a winning environment,” said Way, “he wants to create that. He’s been a great help; he’s been a great addition and has been very supportive of me taking over this football club.
“But he’s got to make commitments, which is understandable in his situation, the same as Francois Zoko.”
“We wouldn’t be judged to stay up on the run we’ve been in, this is going right to the end of the season. I think there’s enough in that squad and what I’ve brought to the football club to help us stay in the league.”