INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll reflects on Solihull defeat

Darren Sarll bemoaned a disappointing performance after his Yeovil Town side suffered a 5-1 defeat away at Solihull Moors.  

Justin Donawa opened the scoring for the home side early on before Rhys Murphy equalised shortly after half time. 

However, minutes later, Solihull took full of advantage of Town’s sloppiness re-taking the lead in the 58th minute. Soon after that, Mark Yates’ side run rampant, sealing the victory in fine fashion as Donawa got his hat-trick and Solihull’s fifth. 

 “I thought we looked really mentally tired today, “he told BBC Somerset, post-match. “If you look at our decision making, force or even energy, I think we looked really fatigued mentally and it can’t be down to our physicality as we’ve had a clear week of playing. 

“Mentally, there’s probably a real good reason for that, but four of their five goals were from set-pieces. This is the National League – any league – the Championship – and we’ve just got to control the box much better aerially. I thought we were very poor of that, and the two-center backs know my feelings on that.  

“I I could see that in the first-half when we played out from the back into Knowlesy [Tom Knowles] by how safe and cautious his touch was. What I found out about this team especially after our injury crisis, is that I think we have a personality weakness. A character weakness, a lack of resilience weakness more so from the younger ones, but they’re developing that in on our shift which wasn’t good enough today. 

“From now on in, we’ve got to try and develop that mentality in a way. We got well and truly beaten up today and the type of person I think I am and the character that I am, that will become unforgivable. It’s unforgivable because of the trauma that we’ve been through recently, but there’s nothing to be scared of when it comes to playing a game of football. 

“Full credit to Solihull who left a mark on us tonight. We need to respond now, but we shouldn’t have to responding to games if we want to be up there. We need to it right the first-time round.  

“We’ve got to be much more tough and resilient and that’s certainly what we had last year when we came here. We had a little moment in the tunnel with Solihull and this team was the ‘tough’ team, the resilient team, the hardened team, but today we looked weak, young and need to better if we’re going to come out on top in games.”