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Yeovil Town v Portsmouth: Gary Johnson says Glovers must be more bold

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: October 02, 2012

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Honesty will be the best policy for Gary Johnson, his coaching staff and squad as they look to halt Yeovil Town's worst run in the Football League.

The Glovers host former Premier League outfit Portsmouth tonight aiming to halt a slump of five defeats on the bounce.

Johnson's men have not picked up a point in a month, their latest loss coming in the form of Saturday's 3-2 reverse at Preston North End.

The boss said: "All we can do is keep working, keep being honest with them and hopefully they will be honest with themselves and be ready for their next game."

Johnson, who criticised his team's timid demise at Deepdale, added the Glovers' woes were mental rather than physical, suggesting further team changes having made significant alterations in the last two games.

"We have just got to hope that some of them realise what happened to them and put it right because it's not a physical thing, it's a mental thing and if you can't be bold then you shouldn't be a footballer because you should be doing things you have been good at all your life as a footballer and enjoy it.

"We have got a few that are looking like they are down in the dumps as far as the football is concerned at the minute. They can't snap out of a bad run so their thoughts are getting worse.

"We have to look at other personnel. We are at home for the next two games so people have to come through."

Fulham loanee Dan Burn may escape the chop, after impressing Johnson at centre half on Saturday despite scoring at both ends on debut.

"He won't forget it," said Johnson. "I thought he did alright for his first game. They didn't open us properly until the second half when we threw him up front and all of a sudden we were a man short at the back.

"He did his bit, he got his goal and for someone that big we would expect him to get on to headers and it was a good goal."

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