Gary Johnson has revealed that a tough week of training is helping confirm in his mind which players will remain in his plans beyond the New Year.
After leaving their boss embarrassed by their display against Carlisle United, the Glovers’ have trained every day since the weekend defeat and will continue the tough routine leading up to Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash with Wycombe Wanderers.
Johnson said following Saturday’s game that some of his team were showing they were not up for the fight, but with the transfer window closed until January he will be have to wait to make personnel changes.
This week the manager said he was clearer in his thoughts for the future, even if the challenge of attracting better players awaits him after the Christmas period.
“Some of them are putting themselves in your thoughts as to whether you think you want to keep them and they will challenge, or move them on because they are not going to be involved as much as they may think so,” said Johnson.
“You can never really tell because you have got to go out there and find better than what you have got, and that is the nature of the game anyway.
“That’s only if you can find better because you can’t always and sometimes you are looking at what you need straight in the face as they are already there.
“Our lads have proved on many occasions that they have got it in them, it is just bringing out their competitive game as individuals and then as a team. The boys have had a big week, they have worked every day since the game and they have worked hard.”
Johnson added training had been geared towards generating a competitive environment to whittle out the “shrinking violets”. He told players to take extra responsibility when the team was not performing, accusing some of being misdirected.
Johnson said: “We want to see if there are any shrinking violets and to be honest we are seeing that most are not and are just misdirected on occasions and some are.
“We have told the truth with people to try and get them to take more responsibility in talking to their fellow players if they feel that someone isn’t pulling their weight.
“We have made this week competitive with extra training for the losers of any of the drills.
“We are trying to get a competitive environment and hopefully we can take that into Tuesday by the time it comes around. One thing that Wycombe Wanderers will have on the day is competitiveness.”
Even though the Glovers cannot make any official moves for players until the New Year, Johnson said planning had started so the club was ready for when the window opens. “We are planning all the time,” he said.
“You cannot talk to people about them not being in your plans until you give them every chance, that’s important. You can make tentative enquiries at the moment with regards to new players that can come in but generally you are just getting a feel for it at the moment and as you get nearer to the day you start making decisions.”