YEOVIL Town’s fringe players have been told they can still play a major role in their club’s survival battle but will need to show greater consistency to keep their place.
The likes of Sam Foley and Kevin Dawson were integral parts of the Glovers’ successful promotion push via the League One play-offs, but have found regular chances hard to come by in the Sky Bet Championship.
Dawson –signed from the League of Ireland - has dipped in and out of the starting XI on his way to 27 appearances in all competitions, while former Newport County man Foley has made the pitch just seven times, his most recent two in the FA Cup.
Asked specifically about the pair, manager Gary Johnson replied: “If we’d told them a year ago or before last season that they were going to have a few games in the Championship and an opportunity to prove themselves they would have ripped your arm off.
“They have done that and have got to show that consistency in effecting a game when selected. With some people we will see this (the Championship) as their level and sometimes not as their level.
“Those getting more games than others, it stands to reason that the management think they are more consistent at this level. The others have to gain that consistency at this level to get back into the team.”
With a busy end to the season on the horizon, Johnson said he expected to use all of the players at his disposal.
“There are a few now,” he said. “Adam Morgan is over his little problem, there’s also Ruben Palazuelos and Matteo Lanzoni – none of them will let you down.
“There’s still Kevin Dawson and Sam Foley. We have got injuries in Sam Hoskins and Joel Grant, and we mustn’t forget about Chris Dunn, our keeper who’s done really well for us.
“Hopefully we have still got that competition because they will all be needed. There are 7-8 games in March and 7-8 in April. The whole squad has got to be ready.
“We have got to be managing that and keeping players happy so they have got a smile on their face for the rest of the season.”