Yeovil Town manager Darren Way says that he is disappointed that the week he deemed the biggest of his managerial career so far ended with defeat to Exeter City.
After signing a new three-year-deal at Huish Park after guiding Town to the brink of safety in the League Two relegation zone, the gaffer tasted league defeat at home for the first time since stepping into the hotseat.
Goals from Ollie Watkins and Jake Taylor gave the Grecians a 2-0 win to take back to Devon, and Way is looking to make amends on the training ground next week.
“It’s been a good run and I feel sorry for the supporters that we couldn’t give them more,” said the Town boss.
“I feel disappointed because it’s off the back of a busy week, certainly my busiest as a manager press-wise.
“Now it’s back to the real world. I’ll get my head down and we’ll be starting work again on Monday.”
After being undefeated at home since Wycombe in November, the loss to Exeter was a kick in the teeth for the players and coaching staff alike.
And Way explained that he’s looking for his forwards to grab goals to get the points needed.
“We’ve had a lot of 1-0s.” said Way.
“So today, we’ve gone 1-0 down, and it’s about people stepping up and being responsible for getting us back in the game.
“I’m looking at our front three to be more responsible. They need to be a bit more clever and to help ease pressure off our back four and midfield three.”
The boss continued, “They’ve all had opportunities, I’ve backed every single one of them, and we’ve done work on movement and finishing.
“But it’s their belief that makes the ball go into the back of the net.
“I’m just looking for a bit extra, it’s not the end of the world, but it’ll benefit us as a team.”
The Grecians are now ninth in the table a few points off the playoff places, and goalscorer Watkins was praised by the Yeovil manager.
“Fair play to Exeter, they’re a team in form.
“The striker Stockley caused us all sorts of problems, and they’ve got Watkins too.
“We talked about him before the game, and I told the players that anyone who lets him have a shot on the edge of the area that they’re going to get fined!
“The boy has belief at the moment, and we just didn’t stop him.”
Whilst League Two safety could have been confirmed today, Yeovil aren’t quite mathematically safe from the drop just yet.
But the boss rubbished any idea of his players being in holiday mode if their Football League status is confirmed after next weekend’s trip to Bristol Rovers.
“We’re not safe until it’s mathematically confirmed, but I’m not interested in that. I don’t want complacency, because I hate it.
“People may have thought it’d be a lot tighter, but I don’t want to be looking at other clubs. I want us to be winning football matches, that is the main thing.
“We’ll dust ourselves down, and we go to Bristol Rovers.”