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Yates: it's a wake-up call

1 September 2012

Manager interviewed after the defeat by Accrington Stanley

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates interviewed after the 3-0 home defeat by Accrington Stanley at the Abbey Business Stadium:

"I'm disappointed. We've got to start again and we've got a lot to do. I could rant and rave but they know how disappointed I am and we weren't good enough. Credit to Accrington, but it's a wake-up call for us after three games.

"Maybe I got the team wrong. I'll take the blame. The players that were put in there didn't do it so as the manager. I'll take the flak. We need to put it right.

"They came to chase, harry and press and they did everything better than us today. We created chances but they finished better than we did as well. It's a bad day, and we go again.

"I said on Thursday that Accrington are a bunch of mates that work and play and scrap for each other, and they did that a damn-sight better than us today.

"We were out-played completely so credit to them. I wanted us to press and create chances but the partnership up front didn't work for us today. It sounds silly but it could have been so different if we'd have taken our chances today.

"We talked about being strong and creating chances, and we were on the attack on the penalty spot and three passes later, and two ricochets on our part, and the ball's in the back of the net. It was a stupid goal and we got the basics wrong today.

"Rest-assured we'll be back on the training ground on Monday. Four games in and there's loads to do, but today wasn't good enough. There were no positives and no players stood out.

"There will be changes next week, without a doubt, because we can't accept a performance like that. They're my players and I know they'll be better next week. Darren Carter needs a game and he'll play in the reserves on Tuesday so we'll see how he is after that.

"We've conceded three really bad goals on our part. It's probably as many chances we've created all season so that's a positive, if you like, but we didn't do enough to get anything out of the game.

"The fight was there, but we were sloppy. Our decisions weren't up to standard today. I'm not kidding myself, and the goal after four minutes didn't help, so it's back to the drawing board and I'm looking forward to getting into training on Monday."


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