Gary Johnson: Here's hoping we can make it five wins out of six

Joseph Bulmer

Nobody who was at Huish Park on Sunday - and it was an incredible effort for more than 1,000 members of our Yellow Army to be there in the rain - can have doubted how happy I was when we were all celebrating after the final whistle.

I spoke about adversity in my interview after the game, and January is a time of year when there are always rumours about coming and goings at all clubs.

So some may have felt I was unhappy in some way. That couldn't be further from the truth.

I discuss everything with the board, and they discuss everything with me.

Our board understand football, and I understand business. There is a real trust, and definite harmony, between us.

Over the past few weeks, we have had plenty of situations to deal with and it's meant, as I said in my interview, that me and my staff - several of them have had Covid issues of their own, by the way - have been working harder than ever to try and overcome them.

Just last week Aaron (assistant Aaron Downes) and I had to change the team we had planned for Yeovil four times in the three days before the match.

And even on the day, we didn't get to Huish Park until about 2.15pm because of hold-ups on the M5.

We normally aim to get to away grounds around an hour-and-a-half before kick-off, so half that preparation time puts an added strain on everyone, especially before such an important derby match.

I dread to think what my next mobile phone bill will be, because we've also been trying to sort out new signings that we've wanted to make during the EFL's transfer window.

When you've put a lot of work over many months into lining up those deals, and then clubs suddenly tell you that they can't release people because they're worried about their own numbers with Covid issues, it's undoubtedly disappointing. This Omicron strain has come at a very difficult time.

You have to get over it as quick as possible and move on.

However, when you finish the week with the sort of win we had on Sunday, it definitely helps to make up for everything.

That's why I talked about the spirit in our dressing room, and how much all our players care about their performances, as individuals and as a team.

Don't forget, we had a very young side out at Yeovil, with lads like Chiori Johnson and Joe Felix, who made his debut, coming into the team.

Nobody could be happier than I was at the way we came from 1-0 down to win the game 2-1.

It was so memorable - that celebration for the winning goal, being happy for Dan Holman that he had scored it and also seeing what it meant to our fans in the pouring rain and going over to them at the end of the game.

I had some great days as manager of Yeovil Town, and I would never have said anything in my interviews that might have rubbed any salt into their wounds.

But the scenes with our fans and players after the final whistle are something that will stay with me for a very long time.

That's four wins out of five, including two against our local rivals - I'm told it's the first time that Torquay have ever done the 'double' over Yeovil - and a bit of hope as to where we might still end up at the end of the season.

It's back to Plainmoor this Saturday for Dagenham and Redbridge - another tough game against a side trying to win promotion back to the Football League.

But we've done pretty well against teams near the top of the table - and five wins out of six would be nice, wouldn't it?

We had an excellent gate of 3,830 on Boxing Day, and let's hope that all those fantastic fans at Huish Park on Sunday are back this Saturday and, of course, a good few more. I'm sure there will be.

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