How do you recover from an opening day whooping? Simple, win your next game in front of your own fans and this is exactly what Darren Way’s Yeovil did on Saturday. Way described it as pride being restored and he was not wrong.
Their opponent, Accrington Stanley, had come off an impressive opening day victory over much fancied Colchester and confidence was high but the key reason Yeovil managed to get the vital win was because of the impressive strike partnership of Francois Zoko, an experience Ivorian forward who has been with the Glovers since November 2015 and Olufela Olomola, a young prospect signed on loan from Southampton this summer.
Leading the line in a 4-4-2 diamond formation Zoko played an impressive hold up game while Olomola used his blistering pace to great effect. Add to that the creative spark of Otis khan, a player whose desire for first team football kept him at Huish Park this summer, and you have a forward line that can cause some real problems for League Two defences this season.
For Yeovil they will be key in a side that clearly has its defensive frailties, as seen by the rather simple give and go that led to Kayden Jackson’s second goal on Saturday. After two league games the Glovers have conceded 10 goals and although the 8-2 defeat at Luton is probably a freak result Darren Way knows his side will have to tighten up if they are to avoid a struggle this season.
Olomola is young and, according to Zoko, listens and learns well so he should be able to get a lot out of his time in League Two playing alongside a player with Zoko’s experience.
There will be times when they have to play one up front but having players that can come off the bench and have an impact will give Yeovil options when they are struggling in games. It is unlikely that they will challenge at the top end of League Two this season but they will be desperate to avoid a relegation battle and will be hoping that they can improve on last season.
With young players like Omar Sowunmi, Bevis Mugabi and Thomas James in the side there are bound to be mistakes and there will be a reliance on the experience of Nathan Smith and Ryan Dickson to get them through some of the tougher fixtures but having the goal threat that Olomola and Zoko provide can be the best pressure reliever for any side looking to protect a lead.
Watch this space as the season progresses as the Zoko, Olomola partnership could be one the Huish Park faithful talk about for many years to come.
words James Richards