Gary Johnson attempts to improve the mindset of Glovers’ players
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson plans to tap into his squad’s psyche and instil aggression into their play ahead of next Tuesday’s crucial encounter with Swindon Town.
Two of npower League One’s promotion candidates meet at Huish Park, in a fixture moved from tomorrow to permit live television coverage by Sky Sports, with the hosts not only looking to avenge a defeat in Wiltshire earlier in the season but also to bounce back from two draws against Hartlepool United and Crawley Town.
The Glovers’ boss made no attempt to hide his belief that his team had dropped a total of four points from their most recent outings, and said he and his staff would be getting inside their players’ minds over the course of their free weekend.
“We are going to need to do two things,” Johnson said. “We will need to rest their legs but then try to get that competitive spirit back. If the last thing they think of all week is that second half against Crawley Town, we might start like that in that very important game and our season may peter out.
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“We have got to get into their psyche, get them aggressive in their play and thoughts and if we can do that we will be ready for Swindon.”
Just 3,338 fans watched the Glovers surrender a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Crawley but, despite the Swindon game being televised, Johnson said he expected a bumper crowd.
The Town boss added: “It will be a great occasion. Either way, the game creates a natural atmosphere. Against Crawley, we had to create an atmosphere, even in the first half, but there will be a natural atmosphere on Tuesday because of the nature of the game.
“Hopefully that will keep the lads busy and aggressive in their heads to stay on their game,” Johnson concluded.
The Glovers have announced an operating profit for the third successive financial year, with the latest five-figure sum more than £30,000 higher than the previous statement.
Turnover increased by 5.4 per cent to £3.156 million for the year ending June 30, 2012, with operating profits climbing £32,425 to £53,379.
The Glovers’ chief executive, Martyn Starnes, reported that revenue from gate receipts had fallen during the period that saw Johnson take over as manager from Terry Skiverton. However, income from commercial and advertising activity was up, while the club received a sell-on fee from Lee Peltier’s switch from Leicester City to Leeds United.
Starnes said: “We are very pleased to be able to report a surplus for the third year in succession. This result has been produced in extremely challenging economic conditions whilst at the same time the management team and players have been able to maintain a significant level of competitiveness in League One.”