Written by Kurt West
On Saturday, Yeovil got their season off to the most perfect way possible, beating much fancied Notts County two goals to nil at Huish Park. The Glovers secured the victory with first half goals from Kevin Dawson and Otis Khan. I now look at the three main things we learnt from the impressive victory.
Although Darren Way changed Yeovil’s fortunes after coming in at the end of December, I still feel like we lacked a real balance in the team. We were keeping clean sheets for fun but we scored very few goals which meant we had a lot of goalless draws during the end part of the season. Yeovil’s new attacking line up of Otis Khan, Tom Eaves and Ryan Hedges looks like it could be dangerous at this level and with Tahvon Campbell and Francois Zoko waiting in the wings, I’m almost sure that we’ll have a more fruitful season in terms of goals. On top of that we have added to the midfield with signing of experienced Alex Lawless and the defence is virtually a carbon copy of the one that ended the season so well with the impressive Alex Lacey filling in the hole left by departing Jakub Sokolik.
2. Kevin Dawson back to his best?
Dawson’s first 18 months at the club were truly spectacular, first of all he was part of the team that got us to the second tier for the first time ever and then, perhaps even more impressively, had a very good season in the Championship and really made himself a key part of the team. Unfortunately in January of last year he damaged his groin in the FA Cup game against Manchester United and didn’t play again that season. In fact he didn’t return until over a year later after having many injury set backs along the way. When he was back he struggled for match fitness a lot and a lot of his appearances for Yeovil last season ended up coming from the bench, Dawson even described the last 18 months as a ‘nightmare’ and even considered packing in the game all together but after a full pre-season he looks fit again now and he started the season perfectly notching a goal in an impressive performance. Dawson was part of a midfield trio which gelled together well and he will hope to kick on from this and prove his fitness to Darren Way
3. Alex Lawless is a key signing.
Lawless was one of the later additions to the Glovers which makes his impressive debut, even more impressive! Lawless’ experience will be key in a young Yeovil side which boasts an average age of around 25 and the younger players in the midfield such as Matt Dolan and Matt Butcher will look to learn from the former Luton man and I feel that’s a huge positive to have in this league.
Next we travel to Walsall in the English Football League cup before taking on Luton this coming Saturday, in which is sure to be a tough and challenging week for the new look Yeovil side. I hope the two games can really show what the squad is made of, a very good League One team in Walsall and one of the favourites for promotion will certainly test us and we won’t play many better sides this year.
What did you make of Saturday’s performance Yeovil fans? Let us know in the comments below!