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Alexander: Players in for a tough test on Saturday

13 November 2014

Manager wants improvement from his players after cup exit

Graham Alexander believes Town are in for a tough test at Huish Park on Saturday afternoon despite the Glovers’ league positon.

Gary Johnson’s side sit in 23rd place in England’s third tier having been relegated from the Championship last season, and picked up their last league win back in September.

They did however manage to progress to the second round of the FA Cup last weekend when they defeated Crawley Town at home.

Alexander is wary of the threat that Yeovil will pose his side, but is hoping that his players can bring an end to their recent away form in Somerset.

He said: “It’s a game where we’re looking to put our recent away form to bed. We’ve been really disappointed with the results tally we’ve taken on the road.

“Getting beat in the cup at Cambridge last week was a massive disappointment as we didn’t perform anywhere near the level we have done in previous away games.

“We have to put that right for our own sanity and our own professional pride, but its three points we want to go there and compete for.

“For virtually 90% of those games we’ve been at that level and it’s been on a knife-edge, but last Saturday we let ourselves down.”

Although the Cod Army have lost their last seven games away from home, they are to taste defeat by more than one goal, and is something Alexander is hoping to rectify.

“We’ve been on the wrong side of things too many times this season, but we’ve been really competitive and have led in our last three league games away from home.

“Looking back now, we should have maybe settled for the draw in some of those games however we felt they were games we could go on and win.

“We’re hard to beat and we haven’t had one game away from home where we’ve been turned over, but results stand out and we have to make sure we go to Yeovil and get a result.

“If we don’t go there and get the performance levels right then we’re giving ourselves a less of a chance of winning, so it’s important we get it to the standard we’ve set before.”

The manager added: “Yeovil are in a position and a run of games which they’ll be disappointed with but that’s not to say they haven’t got qualities.

“I don’t really look at team’s recent forms, I look at what they can do and what they’re strengths are, and pick a team which we can get a performance out of.”

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