Martyn Starnes column: Improved Yeovil Town deserved better than defeat against Sheffield United
IT was very disappointing to fall to our fourth successive defeat on Saturday against Sheffield United.
Those at Leyton Orient last week would have been particularly disappointed at that result and the way we played but full credit to Gary Johnson and the lads for improving against the Blades.
They obviously worked very hard towards the end of the week to prepare for Sheffield United and put in what I thought was a very credible performance that probably deserved more.
Gary has said he will assess the team's start to the season after ten games. It is a landmark that a lot of managers use and you have to play that amount of games to play a cross-section of opposition in the league.
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Our fixtures have been quite tough, largely against teams that will find themselves to be in the top half of the league by the end of the season. If we had sat down at the start of the season we would arguably have taken ten points at this stage and now it is important that we pick up points against the teams coming up.
We travel to Preston North End on Saturday before hosting Portsmouth on Tuesday and recent results prove that the bottom line is that there are no easy games in this league. Anyone can win on a given day, with Walsall's success against Preston and AFC Bournemouth's defeat to Swindon Town proving that.
There appears to have been greater interest in Tuesday's game with Portsmouth than the weekend game against Sheffield United.
We were hugely disappointed with the attendance on Saturday, there is no avoiding that. However, across the Football League gates are seriously down compared to last season's average and that is worrying.
We are hoping that the more local games such as those against Portsmouth will particularly capture the imagination and help us maintain our attendance targets.
Portsmouth were not long ago FA Cup winners so to have them down here in a competitive match is great for us. They have had some serious problems and continue to do so but we will hopefully give them a tough game and come out on top with the result.
We were fortunate to broker a loan return for Bristol City defender Joe Edwards last week, with the 21-year-old coming off the bench during the weekend's game.
Joe first worked with Gary as he progressed through the Ashton Gate youth set-up before making his Football League debut with us at the start of this year.
He made four appearances, scoring one goal shortly after Gary's return in January and the manager himself admitted at the weekend that he wanted to keep him longer than the initial month when City recalled him.
Joe brings a lot of energy and dynamism to the side. He is also versatile, being able to play in several different positions in defence and midfield. I am sure he will be a real asset to the squad.
Supporters have had just over a week to buy the new replica home, away and keeper kits in the club shop. They sold strongly last week and after the delay it is great to get them in stock and out to our fans.