Johnson given another indication squad is growing in stature
A 5-0 friendly thumping of AFC Bournemouth following the international break has given Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson further indication that his squad is growing in stature.
The Glovers’ boss added just Bristol City’s Liam Fontaine on loan to his numbers on last week’s transfer deadline day before giving them a free weekend.
However, the behind-closed-doors success over their Sky Bet Championship rivals has shown Johnson that his players are increasingly stepping up to the required mark.
He said not only had his team benefitted from the break, but they had returned hungry to turn impressive performances into points.
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“The Championship is intense and it gets more and more intense as you go up the levels,” said Johnson. “Sometimes you need that little break.
“We had a couple of Capital One Cup games and we had extra times, as well as the other extra shenanigans going on, and we had to play five Championship games. It takes its toll a little bit.
“What we know at the minute is that our squad is growing. We had another reserve team game today, it was a good outing against AFC Bournemouth and we won 5-0.
“We know that our squad’s getting bigger because we’ve got more to choose from as they get nearer to what we’re looking for, and that includes the new ones.
“They’re getting fitter, mentally sharper and physically sharper because they’re realising what it takes to compete in the Championship.”
Joey Jones, Kieffer Moore, Sam Hoskins, Michael Ngoo and a Cherries’ defender hit the net at Alvington this afternoon in a dominant display.
With the emergency loan window re-opening today, Johnson said he was in no rush to bring further new faces to Huish Park unless to cover injury or suspension.
He said: “We’ve done a lot of work with the group and we’ve brought it to fruition even though the points tally doesn’t necessarily show that.
“Certainly our performances do so we’ve got to believe in what we do and the results will come.”
See Thursday’s Western Gazette for more of Gary Johnson’s exclusive interview