Competition must encourage Glovers to improve, says Johnson
Competition for places must spur on Yeovil Town's players to do all they can to get into the starting XI, according to manager Gary Johnson.
The boss takes his side to Sheffield Wednesday in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday buoyed by a 5-0 reserve team defeat of AFC Bournemouth that demonstrated his squad is increasingly coming of age.
The Glovers have registered just one victory this season whilst scoring only one league goal, forcing Johnson to regularly shuffle his pack in attack.
Irish international and last season’s top scorer Paddy Madden was arguably the highest profile player to find himself on the sidlelines before injury struck.
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Johnson said it was up to his players to come out fighting and turn disappointment at being dropped into a positive for the team.
“There’s not a Championship side anywhere that hasn’t got competition and you have to handle that competition,” he said.
“If you’re a striker and you’re not scoring goals then generally somebody else takes your place. If that striker then starts scoring goals you’ve got to wait to take your place.
“Every Championship side has got competition for places all over the pitch and that’s a little bit of a learning curve for some of the lads that haven’t been at our level because you wouldn’t have dreamed of leaving, say, Paddy out of the team last year.
“But it’s one where you’ve now got Kieffer Moore scoring goals in reserve games every week and Michael Ngoo scoring in every one of these games as well.
“We’ve got Moore, Ngoo and Sam Hoskins – that we know can also play there – as well as Hayter, Williams and Madden.
“That is competition and as people get better and get into the swing of it that competition becomes even more.
“It should spur you on to do everything you possibly can to get in that team, work hard on your game and get a positive mental attitude.
“That applies to everyone and you have to handle adversity sometimes. Some lads can comfortably and some can’t. We have to help the ones that can’t through it.”
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