The fitness and character of Yeovil Town’s players will come under greater scrutiny after their manager slammed the number of players limping through matches.
Doubts surround midfielder Ed Upson’s fitness ahead of Saturday’s npower League One clash with Sheffield United after a knee injury forced his withdrawal shortly after half time in Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat at Leyton Orient.
Dominic Blizzard also required treatment and Gavin Williams again failed to complete 90 minutes as he continues to manage ankle and calf muscle problems.
Boss Gary Johnson lambasted his growing walking wounded, stating there were too many players with on-going issues that damaged match planning.
He also voiced disappointment that these knocks were not necessarily being sustained by his team putting themselves in the line of fire.
Johnson said: “We have got a few that have got niggles that are not quite up for it because they are limping from early on.
“At one point on Tuesday night we had Gav limping, Ed limping, Blizzard limping and Foley limping. It was just one of those days. They were only things that happened in the game but it did not make for a strong performance for us.
“That’s not an excuse by the way, that is a disappointment to me when that happens because I want to see people get injured in the penalty areas, not outside when there is a tackle or something that someone has had for a little while.
“I have really got to look at that side and at the people who every week we are not sure are going to start every week. That messes us up a small squad and I am going to have to look at that.”
Johnson asked questions of the players’ commitment following defeat at the Matchroom Stadium as again the Glovers crumbled in a big game.
Not even 815 travelling fans that accounted for almost a third of the overall attendance could inspire Yeovil, leaving the boss dismayed.
“The team that was out there should have gone and looked like they wanted to really win the game,” he said.
“I think in their heads they did but we didn’t play well enough with our feet and in our cleverness. Their football didn’t come out.
“There is never a lack of effort, but it is about going beyond the call of duty. That’s why some of these lads haven’t got much of a CV and haven’t won anything yet.
“They need to learn to be winners in these types of competitions and that is what we have got to try and bring to our club or put into those that manage to stick around.
“It will have been a shock to them in the dressing room. We said what we needed to say, they will be okay and they are new to it all.
“There is a lot to be done and when it comes down to it, it is these types of games where they need to step forward but they don’t seem to have the character to take it on board.
“That is why I am disappointed because I thought the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy was a great chance to put something on their CVs.”