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Manager threatens changes after he accuses Glovers of 'not pulling weight'

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

Gozie Ugwu injured a hamstring against Portsmouth, leaving Yeovil to finish the match with ten men Pinnacle

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A number of Yeovil Town's first-team squad could be faced with a spell out of the side, after manager Gary Johnson slammed players for "not pulling their weight".

In the space of six games, the Glovers have gone from contesting the top spot in npower League One to hovering perilously above the relegation zone that their manager was so keen to avoid.

Just two points separate Johnson's men from their current 16th place and the bottom four, with the Huish Park outfit in the midst of their worst run since joining the Football League in 2003.

The Glovers have failed to pick up even a draw since the first game of last month, losing six on the spin to send them spiralling down League One.

The boss has chopped and changed both personnel and formations – recalling four players in each of their last two clashes with Preston North End and Portsmouth – but has failed to reverse fortunes.

On Tuesday night, Pompey eased to a one-sided 2-1 victory, dominating a first half in which Yeovil showed some glimmers of attacking hope but looked rickety defending in a 3-5-2 formation.

Johnson slammed the performance of his players, saying their current run left him under no illusions as to who can cut the mustard in their current plight. Ahead of Saturday's home game with Colchester United, Johnson said: "We had Ed [Upson] sent off [at Preston], we have got Gavin [Williams] sat on the bench worried that if we use him he won't be quite right and he will break down.

"There are a few things not helping us, but we put out 11 and they should have done better. People have been stepping up to the plate, but we only had three or four that were near being a professional footballer.

"You know me, we will stay strong. It gives you the opportunity to look at all the things that aren't quite right, things that you gloss over when things are going well.

"People see that people aren't pulling their weight and people will know what we have got to do about it. That's all around the club, really, but it is mainly with the playing staff."

Upson is available again for the weekend after serving a one-match ban for his dismissal at Deepdale. However, defender Byron Webster will miss out, having picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Portsmouth.

Attacker Lewis Young is a major doubt after leaving the ground on a stretcher, sustaining a serious leg injury just minutes after his half-time introduction.

With Reading loanee Gozie Ugwu also failing to complete the game, limping off with a hamstring problem to leave Yeovil with ten men, Johnson could be tempted to dip into the loan market.

However, he said: "We have got to try to find a team that is going to start well, finish well and keep 11 men on the pitch.

"Gozie, I think, is a hamstring. It looked a really bad one for him, which was unlucky. We are not making our own luck, either."

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