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Gary Johnson will keep ducking and diving to find new Yeovil Town signings

By Western Gazette - Yeovil  |  Posted: October 11, 2012

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Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson will continue to duck and dive in the transfer market to further strengthen his squad.

The Glovers manager has added Korey Smith, Joe Edwards, Dan Burn and Paddy Madden in recent weeks but wants to bring more fresh faces to Huish Park to bolster numbers.

An already small squad has been hit by injuries to Lewis Young (ankle) and Reading loan striker Gozie Ugwu (hamstring), while Gavin Williams cannot train and play in the same week because of a calf problem.

Carlisle United’s Madden fired Yeovil to a 3-1 triumph over Colchester United to end a run of six consecutive defeats. As the Glovers prepare to face npower League One pacesetters Tranmere Rovers, Johnson said he was targeting more shrewd loan deals.

“I have got to keep looking to add because where we cannot do massive business we can do clever business and Paddy was a clever one,” he said.

“We cannot go out and pick the one that is top of the scoring charts that is in everybody’s minds, we have got to be cleverer than that.

“With Paddy the situation arose where he was available and because of our knowledge of him we decided to go with it. We felt that we needed that type of player and that was proven on Saturday because we definitely got our running game going a bit more.

“It is ducking and diving, really. You have to be aware of what is going on out there. You are not the only club looking, of course, there are others out there as well.

“Once we have identified someone we have got to convince them to come to Yeovil. Whether we are top or bottom of the league, ‘where’s Yeovil?’ is always the first question from these players. But we will keep going, keep fighting for the cause and bring in as many players as possible that we think are going to improve the squad.”

Johnson admitted disappointment at the postponement of Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash at Torquay United but said his team would have to “roll up their sleeves” to deal with a busier fixture schedule.

He said: “If you think about the negatives too much you go into the game in the wrong frame of mind. You have just got to prepare for the next game as and when it comes.

“It is a long season and we have got to make sure we are ready for every single game. We will only be positive with the lads and in our thoughts.

“We have had a lot of games on Saturdays then Tuesdays and we have not got the biggest of squads.

“I see Swindon Town moaning about their transfer embargo and Paolo Di Canio needing more players but we have got a very small squad with the number of injuries we have.

“We are looking but it may be that this group may have to roll their sleeves and get on with it.”

The Glovers will now travel to League Two Torquay next Tuesday after a waterlogged pitch forced the original date to be re-arranged.

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