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Canny Johnson seeks more new faces to join Burn and Edwards

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 27, 2012

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Further new faces could join Daniel Burn and Joe Edwards in the Yeovil Town dressing room if Gary Johnson can find room in the budget.

The Glovers’ manager has added the defensive duo in the past week as he looks to boost numbers and arrest four npower League One defeats on the trot.

The boss refused to rule out more signings, providing he can negotiate deals that fit within his current financial structure and his desire not to bring in short-term loans.

Johnson said: “I am not sure. If I can work everything within the budget then I can have more players. So if I can get one or two good deals then I will get a couple more in.

“I have just to be clever in how we use the finances, how I use the lads coming in and the sort of business we can do with the clubs. We have done really well with the last two or three.

“Korey Smith has looked good business, Joe Edwards is good business and Dan Burn is as well. If we can do that sort of stuff and people have the feeling that it doesn’t have to be short-term it is okay, it is not just using someone for a couple of weeks.”

Left-sided defender Burn completed a youth loan switch to Huish Park from Fulham on Tuesday, while Edwards moved for a second spell from Bristol City before the weekend loss to Sheffield United.

The Glovers head to Preston North End on Saturday having failed to pick up a point since September 1 and the 2-1 defeat of Doncaster Rovers.

However, Johnson said he saw signs of improvement against the Blades following dismal losses to AFC Bournemouth, MK Dons and Leyton Orient.

“Saturday’s game is a test,” he said. “I thought we came through the test on Saturday against Sheffield United and sometimes you have to look beyond the result.

“We had more passes than Sheffield United and actually we had more shots. The ProZone stats actually pointed more in our favour, we just needed to take one or two of our opportunities and not go to sleep from the cross.

“I am going back to that game for the simple reason that against those teams we have got to have more of the ball to stop those big and strong teams bombarding with either long balls or runs of attacks.

“You have got to be able to deal with it and keep the ball better. We did that much better against Sheffield United and created chances.”

The former Latvia chief said maintaining possession would be close to the top of his team’s priorities at Deepdale but added he and his management staff would make a late decision on formation.

Yeovil made four changes for the visit of United, including handing a first start of the season to fit-again attacker Gavin Williams.

Johnson said: “I don’t know what we are going to do with the shape, that will depend on the personnel we are picking. But the idea is obviously to go away and try and have enough possession to create chances within the game.

“If we can create a few more chances than we did against Sheffield United then all well and good.”

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