Jamie McAllister ready for two weeks of graft before Yeovil play again
Yeovil Town will revert to what they know best to reverse fortunes, according to Jamie McAllister, vowing to work hard and eliminate weaknesses.
The Glovers slumped to their heaviest defeat of the season at Middlesbrough last Saturday, the hosts marching to a 4-1 triumph in the Championship.
Not only was the loss due to their worst performance of the campaign to date, but also one that left them above only Barnsley in the table on goal difference.
The international break means Yeovil will have to wait for the visit of Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, October 19, to bounce back. But captain McAllister is in defiant mood.
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He said: "We were more than confident to go to Middlesbrough and get a result. We have go that spirit, confidence and belief to beat teams whatever that may be.
"But we started badly and their three in midfield, wingers and full-backs bombing on, we couldn't deal with. We have got to learn from that and move on.
"You're playing against better players who are cleverer, sharper and stronger. We have got to be more clever ourselves and realise what shape we're playing against.
"We are growing as a team every game, and as long as we keep doing that we have got every chance."
McAllister – who started at the Riverside Stadium in place of Luke Ayling in a defensive reshuffle – said his former Bristol City manager Gary Johnson was the master of ironing out problems.
"We are good at analysing things and putting them right," he said. "We will work hard in the two weeks for the two home games and come back and hopefully win those.
"In the next two weeks we will have heads down and work hard to put things right for Brighton at home.
"That's what he [Johnson] is good at and is why he's where he is. He's good at getting the best out of people and making sure they turn around and get back on track. We will work hard to put it right."
One of Yeovil's biggest problems this season has been scoring goals. Andy Williams and Paddy Madden started at Middlesbrough as Yeovil's strike pair, but Williams lasted just 33 minutes before he was hauled off in favour of Sam Hoskins, and Madden until half-time before Kieffer Moore replaced him.
"I felt Andy and Paddy have just not been getting anywhere near scoring goals," Johnson, who picked a strong side including Madden and Williams for Monday night's 8-0 win against Radstock Town in a Somerset Premier Cup tie at Huish Park, said of his decision. "Offside situations and people throwing arms up in the air and that is not really what we want.
"We had to make a change and I thought Kieffer obviously missed his goal, but generally he puts his head in players' faces and he will get better with experience.
"I thought Sam Hoskins came on and did really well, and we did have more play up that end with more opportunities," Johnson concluded.
Madden scored a hat-trick against Western League side Radstock, with the Glovers' other goals coming from Moore, Hoskins, Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, Kevin Dawson and Williams.