ADAM Bogdan believes defeat against Brighton on Saturday has dealt ailing Wanderers a dose of reality.
Weakened by a sickness bug that remains an issue around the camp, Dougie Freedman’s side lost the momentum which had gathered during a five-game unbeaten run with a disappointing 2-0 reverse.
Bogdan admits that with the end of the run went any lingering hopes of a late end-of-season push for the play-offs – but the Hungarian stopper has warned that there is still plenty to play for at the other end of the table.
Wanderers maintain a comfortable 11-point gap on the bottom three, which includes this weekend’s opponents Yeovil Town, but Bogdan is wary of the need to re-focus after the Brighton game and ensure the club does not start slipping backwards.
“You always dream when you win three games in a row, even with a good draw away at Derby,” he said.
“To be fair, the only chance we’d have of getting to the play-offs would have been to win every game, so that was a reality check.
“I think it was one of those days. The effort was there, it just didn’t have the edge to it. We have to make sure when we go to Yeovil the same effort goes in. Once the season has ended we can look at all the conclusions but right now we are right in it. We have to keep going.”
Wanderers report a handful of staff and players are still feeling the effects of the sickness bug that sabotaged plans for last weekend’s home game.
The club are hopeful, however, that Mark Davies – who withdrew late on Friday – will be available.
“It (the bug) hasn’t helped,” Bogdan admitted. “There was uncertainty in the squad about who was going to start and who was ill.”
The Whites head to Huish Park for only the second time in their history and the first in league competition this weekend.
The Glovers earned an unlikely point at the Reebok in September in a game that marked the low point of Bogdan’s own season.
The 26-year-old allowed a daisy-cutter from Ed Upson to slip through his grasp and give the Somerset men a shock lead.
A point was rescued eventually with Alex Baptiste’s late leveller, but Bogdan refused to dwell on the mistake as he geared up for another crack at Yeovil.
“I think we played well in that game but we just couldn’t score for a long period,” he said.
“It was an easy shot to take but I failed to save it. Of course it was hard to take and it was a frustrating moment, even though we equalised, but I managed to bounce back and now I don’t look back on that day at all.
“I don’t even look at this game and think ‘hey, this is Yeovil’ and I think that’s the cure for everything. I just concentrate on my job.”