Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson has told fans they will need to be patient as the club develops the handful of players he believes are capable of improving the club.
The Glovers entertain Colchester United on today looking to arrest a worrying run of six straight defeats.
Their latest abject performance was punished with a 2-1 defeat by Portsmouth on Tuesday night, leaving them just two points above the npower League One drop zone having once topped the table in August.
Johnson again rang the changes for the visit of Pompey, recalling four players and switching formation to a 3-5-2 shape. However, with the Huish Park hosts trailing and struggling to handle the pace of attackers Izale McLeod and Wes Thomas, the manager made two half time substitutions and reverted to a 4-4-2.
Johnson vowed to battle on but suggested improvements may not arrive over night in a small squad that is being hampered by poor form, suspension and injury.
He said: “It doesn’t mean Darren Way, Terry Skiverton and myself are going to give up on it and we will be doing everything we can to get that next win.
“For the first 20 minutes their strikers were a lot more livelier than ours. Reuben Reid livened up a bit but Hayter didn’t. We had one or two out there that didn’t get involved and needed to.
“We know who they are and at these points we can see the ones that we need to bring out the side. We have got three or four we can build on but now it is going to be quite a job and we are going to have to be patient.”
Johnson also encouraged Reid – one of those recalled to face Pompey – to replicate the effort that made him one of Yeovil’s rare midweek highlights.
“He has got it when he gives it,” said Johnson. “When he does he looks the player he can be but he has got into a habit of not quite doing enough. When he does he can pull a game back and that is what we need more from him.”