YEOVIL Town's players have apologised for the "naïve" decision to visit a Taunton nightclub just hours after the club had been relegated from the Football League.

The Glovers' 16-year stay in the EFL was brought to an end after Saturday's 2-2 draw at Northampton Town, and pictures surfaced on Sunday of some of the playing and coaching staff at Mambo on Saturday night.

Midfielder Alex Pattison, striker Courtney Duffus and coach Paul Terry - brother of former England captain John - were among those pictured.

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A joint statement released by the players said: “We feel it’s important that we apologise to the club and supporters.

"Given the context of Saturday’s result at Northampton and the painful nature of relegation, it does not show any of us involved in a good light.

“As a collective group, we were left distraught with the consequences of Saturday’s draw at Northampton and, in a bid to air our frustration, a small group of us made the naïve decision to go to a bar.

“Whilst I’m sure many can understand us wanting to unwind and temporarily forget about what had been a difficult day, the photos taken especially don’t portray our intentions in the right manner and we can understand how it looks.

“It pains us to think that our actions on Saturday night have brought into question our commitment and empathy, as we can assure all those in association with the club that we are gutted with the season’s outcome.

“The photos were taken in the moment and without realisation of how they could appear to the fans, who would we cause no deliberate disrespect.

“We hope we can now focus on our final game of the season before working tirelessly to ensure 2019/20 can be a success.”

Yeovil round off their League Two season at home to Carlisle United on Saturday.