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Johnson future in doubt

Gary Johnson's future as Yeovil boss was seemingly thrown into doubt after his side's 3-1 loss to Portsmouth in the JPT.

Gary Johnson's future as Yeovil boss was seemingly thrown into doubt after his side's 3-1 loss to Portsmouth which saw them exit the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

The Glovers manager, who has not seen his side win on home soil since March 8, was said to have arrived at Huish Park within 20 minutes of kick-off, sparking confusion amongst supporters.

After his late arrival the former Bristol City boss took a back seat as assistant Terry Skiverton prowled the touchline as the League One side suffered a cup upset.

Johnson then made a swift exit after the final whistle leaving Skiverton to talk to the assembled media.

"He has asked me to come and do this (the press conference) and he has gone back off now," Skiverton said.

"He was there and I was supporting him. He may not have been so vocal but he was definitely there.

"He was there before the game, at half-time and afterwards as well."

Johnson, who watched from his seat as Nathan Ralph thundered in a consolation goal late on, rang the changes for the tie and gave a number of his squad players a chance to stake their claim ahead of the tricky trip to Bradford on Saturday.

Skiverton spoke of his frustration at the replacements' performances and likened some of the displays to those of 'little boys'.

"People who have had countless chances with us just can't step up to the mark and show the potential they show in training and in little snippets when they come on in games," he fumed.

"That was a big chance for a lot of people and they came up short.

"They've let people down who've worked really hard with them and they've let themselves down. You can't keep getting chances.

"We are not saying it is the end of the road for people they are just going to have to wait a long time to get their chance again.

"We are very disappointed and we need people to dust themselves down and step up to the plate at Bradford because you are going to come up against a real threat with men and we can't play like little boys like we did out there."

In stark contrast Andy Awford's youngsters, given their chance in the starting line-up, shone in an emphatic victory.

Youngsters Dan Butler, Nick Awford and Ben Close were all praised by their manager for their part in a comfortable win.

Jed Wallace, still just 20, opened the scoring with a low left-footed finish before doubling the lead with his right, seconds before Craig Westcarr sealed the points to leave Awford, who previously worked with the Pompey academy, beaming.

"It was a great opportunity to play some young players and I thought they were absolutely fantastic," he explained.

"Close and Awford playing in the middle of the park together were fantastic. Dan Butler at left-back, I don't think he put a foot wrong.

"They are still young and still babies. We had three 19-year-olds and a 20-year-old out there and there will be more. There are more coming through.

"We have done a lot of work over the last four or five years and it is has been tough but we have managed to unearth a couple of kids and improved them.

"They are learning with good players around them. I'm delighted for everyone.

"There were some really good performances and we were really pleased to beat higher opposition but why not? We've got a squad capable of it."