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Yates: We Want JPT Success

8 October 2012

Mark Yates is aiming for JPT success this season.

Mark Yates talking to the media ahead of tomorrow night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash v. Oxford:

"I thought it was a decent performance in terms of what we asked for. We went behind to a decent enough side and we showed a lot of character, strength and resolve in turning it around. The last two minutes of the game has soured the taste of it. At half time we would have probably taken the draw but I think our second half performance deserved more. What happened was poor on the officials part in awarding the freekick, poor on our part in not dealing with the set piece and poor on both their number 18 and Alan Bennett's part in the handbags that happened after. Benno was wrong and I have seen it and he knows he is wrong. That said their number 18 need to take a good look at himself and ask whether he did the right thing.

"We've moved on. I was fuming on Saturday night and it's difficult sometimes after the game. Alan and I had a chat yesterday and he was up to see me today. I don't normally criticise my players but the most professional man at this club was unprofessional. From what I've seen on the DVD, and what I hope the referee's assessor sees, was that one of players was seriously provoked but that's what happens in today's game and it has cost Alan the next three games.

"I was busy on the phone most of the day yesterday and I don't think a loan deal will be done before tomorrow and if it does then he wouldn't start because he's not here today. I'm happy with what I've got here and we are getting better and better as the games go on. I have total confidence in this squad.

"I want to win games and that is no different tomorrow night. I think I know what team I'm going with and there are players that deserve a game. We won't make wholesale changes because it is a game that we want to win and we want to keep the momentum going from the last few weeks. It's a great opportunity for a lower league footballer to go and play at Wembley. We are taking it seriously and we will be looking to put in a good performance and get the win but Oxford will be doing the same."

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