Yeovil manager Darren Way says his squad will keep going despite the disappointment of Portsmouth scoring late on and denying the Glovers a much-needed win.
After Francois Zoko opened the scoring in the 75th minute and Pompey centre back Christian Burgess was shown a red card for two bookable offences with ten minutes to go, Yeovil looked on course to grab an impressive three points.
But Gary Roberts’ powerful volley five minutes from time gave the visitors a share of the spoils, and Way says he is proud of his players despite the late equaliser.
The Yeovil boss explained, “The only disappointment is the goal! We worked all week on defending that central area and nine times out of ten we’ve dealt with that.
“It’s a great touch and finish, I’ve slowed it down and watched it back. They’re a good team, and make no bones about it they’re a great team.
“But my players matched them, if not more… We’ll keep marching on!”
Yeovil stay within the League Two relegation zone despite picking up a point on a weekend when many of the teams in the scrap to stay up lost, but Way insisted that dealing with adversity is important.
Way said, “No team up and down the country is going to win every week and it’s up and it’s about dealing with adversity. Trust me, this clubs has had adversity!
“The problem we’ve got is when I took over we didn’t win any games, so every game now is a must win. But I know that, and the moment you don’t everyone jumps on your back; it’s because of the pressure that goes with it.
“The team and the togetherness and the environment that we’ve created, we have to stay strong and stay focused. I thought we played with steel, determination and courage… they showed all of that today and I keep saying that’ll keep us up.”
Ivorian striker Francois Zoko picked up his sixth goal of the season from a goalmouth scramble, but it is his fighting spirit that his manager is most impressed with.
“I think he’s a prime example,” said Way, “of the levels and the intensity they are playing at and keep going. That’s a credit to him and the players; they’re giving everything to this football club and the badge. You’ve got to feel proud of the dressing room.
“I keep saying the squad are giving everything. The minute someone doesn’t give their all, they’re out of here!”
With the relegation six-pointer against Dagenham and Redbridge coming up next weekend following Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park this Tuesday; you would forgive the manager for feeling nervous.
But Way excitedly explained, “We’ve got to bounce back from the position we’re in, it’s going to be an emotional roller coaster.
“We were on the bottom of the Big Dipper last week, now we’re on our way up again… How exciting!
“What a great environment it was with both supporters going at each other, two teams going at each other; it’s a fantastic football club and I keep saying to the players, we will stay up.”