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Johnson wishes for extra day's preparation

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 11, 2012

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Gary Johnson wished this week had an extra day after admitting he had to work to do with his Yeovil Town team.

The Glovers delivered a tired and dismal offering during last Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to AFC Bournemouth that ended their unbeaten npower League One start.

Richard Hughes' first-half free-kick was all that separated the teams on the scoresheet, with the hosts failing to make a meaningful impact on the afternoon.

Johnson said: "You double your points to your games. We are five games in with ten points and you're going to win promotion [on that form].

"You're not going to win every game, but you can learn from every game and we will learn from Saturday. Hopefully we will come back flying. It's a big old week, though, and I wish there were eight days this week."

The Glovers travel to Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday on the back of a week without a Tuesday night fixture for the first time this campaign.

"Mentally we looked a bit tired, but this was a big game and a test for us," Johnson admitted. "We have to adjust, and we can't be giving them too many days off. Certainly, we will be doing things that get their mental fitness back before the weekend."

The boss added he could have taken off any of his outfield players when introducing Rohan Ince and Gozie Ugwu in place of Dominic Blizzard and Reuben Reid after 42 minutes against Cherries. He said: "It's unusual for anyone to make a double substitution.

"I didn't do it for any other purpose than I didn't think we were running enough, and it could have been any two from ten, to be honest.

"I decided to put on the two lads that I thought would give us extra legs, because I thought we weren't running around quickly enough and I needed to make a change to let them know I wasn't happy."

Truro City have been drawn at home against AFC Totton in the second round qualifying of the FA Cup on Saturday, September 22.

City beat the Hampshire side – who finished third in last season's Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division – 3-1 in the 2007 FA Vase final at Wembley. At stake this time is prize money of £4,500 for the winners of the tie.

The winner of tonight's first-round qualifying replay between Buckland Athletic and Plymouth Parkway at Homer's Heath will host one of non-League's most famous Cup giant-killers, Bath City.

The winner of Bodmin Town's replay at home to Bideford tomorrow will travel to the winners of Gosport Borough's replay against Bashley, also being played tomorrow.

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  • jsm11482  |  September 11 2012, 5:58PM

    I wanted to read about our Next US President, not some sports news!