Reasons to be cheerful or delusions?
Being a Yeovil Town fan over the past decade has certainly been a rollercoaster ride, the only thing is the rollercoaster seemed to get very high, very quickly.
Since the turn of the century, we’ve notched up a couple of league titles, a cup win and even knocked on the door of the NPower Championship. Reason to be happy you would think, but with the recent a – (note not decline) people are starting to get twitchy, and if I’m honest, negativity amongst the supporters has set it.
We love a good moan down in the south-west at the best of times, but it seems we have got into this habit of looking for scapegoats as to why the meteoric rise hasn’t continued.
Even this season, we have seen a couple of bad results on the field and some questions asked off the field, these two combined have seen people plan their League Two away days already, without trying to get into a cliché-fest the season is barely a dozen games old, there is a long, long way to go.
Following a defeat at home to Exeter, which by all accounts, was a poor showing from the Somerset lads some supporters were calling for the board’s head, the manager’s head and even the tea-lady took a bashing!
So here is my attempt to turn those frowns around, it is OK to be positive about Yeovil, it is OK to believe and maybe even dream a little bit.
We are currently sat on the back of two decent results; following a stuttering start a point at home to a rejuvenated Southampton and an away win at Walsall have potentially kicked our season off properly.
Southampton are destined for the top again with Nigel Adkins in charge and ask anyone with knowledge of Yeovil about our away record, once they’ve finished chuckling they’ll tell you we haven’t really been at our best on the road.
Secondly, the Terry Skiverton shaped hole in defence has been filled, properly. Last season we loved watching Steven Caulker and Terrell Forbes in the heart of our defence, but there was something missing.
That is not the case this year; Adam Virgo has come in from Brighton and not only played the role of rock-hard centre back, but also chipped in with goals at the other end. At one point bookies made him more likely to score than any of the Tranmere front line, when you’ve got defenders scoring goals you simply cannot complain.
We went through a spell of conceding a lot of goals, but consider that for one of those games, Virgo was a striker and the other he was a fill-in right back – now he is back in the heart of defence, he is simply a vital performer for us each week.
We have accumulated a range on loan players to compliment him as well, Super Gavin Williams is back (again) as is Shaun Macdonald (again) with Owain Tudur Jones (again) making the midfield a difficult place for opposing teams to play.
Super Gav and Shaun Macdonald are players suited for the Championship if we are honest, quite why Bristol City and Swansea don’t want them I have no idea, but it is widely believed they are both on the hunt for new clubs in the summer, can we dream of having them permanently?
Up front, we have Dean Bowditch, who despite being around for ever is still only in his mid 20’s and scoring goals. Sam Williams has been kicked up the backside following his red-card and looks back to his best.
So the team is showing signs of getting going again, but do I hear the doom-mongers waiting in the wings again?
We have another away day at high-flying Rochdale and with Sheffield Wednesday also due to visit Huish Park we could see a two game haul of zero points, or we could be talking about four or six and the march up the table we all want; only time will tell.
Whatever happens, my glass is half full, there is enough about us to suggest not only can we stay up, we can take a leaf out of Exeter and Bournemouth’s books and challenge the big boys.
In Skivo We Trust.