The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Sheri­dan Robins

UP­BEAT Yeovil Town midfielder Matt Dolan has backed Paul Stur­rock to turn the club’s for­tunes around – de­spite the man­ager’s blunt self-crit­i­cism.

While some bosses pass the buck, Stur­rock has ad­mit­ted to drop­ping clangers this sea­son. Ahead of yesterday’s League Two clash against More­cambe, the Glovers had just three points on the board from their open­ing five league games.

In a state­ment on the club’s web­site last week­end, the for­mer Ply­mouth and Sheffield Wed­nes­day boss said: “I must put my hand up here and take the blame for want­ing my cake and eat it; want­ing to have a larger squad with both types of play­ers (young and ex­pe­ri­enced), where in­stead a smaller squad with more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers might have been the bet­ter for­mula.


“I have made mis­takes in my se­lec­tion, style of play and re­cruit­ment, but I can as­sure you I am to­tally com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing this club and I am ap­peal­ing to you all to keep with us, we need you all!”

Dolan, who joined from Brad­ford City in the sum­mer, is con­fi­dent that Stur­rock will be able to change the mood and get Yeovil mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion af­ter a night­mare cou­ple of years.

“He has a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in the game and knows best,” said Dolan. “The lads that have been play­ing week in week out don’t have much ex­pe­ri­ence and we still have im­por­tant lads miss­ing, but the gaffer has worked hard on our shape on the train­ing ground and we are now start­ing to gel.

“Our prepa­ra­tion for each game has al­ways been bril­liant and that won’t change. We got a clean sheet on Tues­day night (a 1-0 win against Bar­net in the John­stone’s Paint Tro­phy) and we shouldn’t un­der­es­ti­mate just how im­por­tant that is.

“It doesn’t mat­ter how or why we won the game, but we must take con­fi­dence from it in to our next few matches. Lit­tle things make a dif­fer­ence and we fi­nally scored the first goal in mid­week. All these things show we are im­prov­ing and the gaffer and all the play­ers are com­mit­ted to turn­ing things around.”

A num­ber of ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers, in­clud­ing Ryan Dick­son, Kevin Daw­son, Marc Laird and Wes Fog­den, are bat­tling back from long-term in­juries, but Dolan, 22, doesn’t want to make that an ex­cuse for Yeovil’s slow start and be­lieves there is plenty of po­ten­tial in the squad.

“Re­al­is­ti­cally, the club has had a tough cou­ple of years hav­ing been rel­e­gated twice and so to con­sol­i­date this sea­son would prob­a­bly be the aim,” he said.“But we do have the play­ers to get to the play-offs and hope­fully we can push on.


“The gaffer had some tar­gets in the sum­mer which he missed out on, but that’s football. You can’t al­ways get the play­ers you want, but we do have a squad that can com­pete at this level.”

Stur­rock, 58, be­lieves that pa­tience will be cru­cial as he bids to get Yeovil fir­ing.

“As a man­ager, know­ing that there is a com­pe­tent team if we had all play­ers fit is so frus­trat­ing,” he added. “We must keep try­ing to im­prove the young bucks, who are go­ing to be needed to play un­til the squad is healthy.

“I plead with our fan base, who are go­ing to be frus­trated, to back them – they need you!”

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