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Yates: Fans Deserve An Apology

17 August 2013

Mark Yates refuses to get carried away but demands much more from his players.

Mark Yates speaking to the media following this afternoon's 3-1 loss at home to Plymouth: 

"I think the players and myself owe the supporters an apology for an inept last hour of the game. We started brightly, had a few chances and could have scored a couple but once they scored we were powderpuff at best. It's not acceptable but I won't go over the top. I think Accrington beat us 3-1 in our second home last season so I'm not going

"The players know they need to be better. I think only Steven Gillespie came out of the game with any credit today because he was bright and lively. I was only ever going to play him an hour because it's the first game he has had in a while. I could have left him on but I didn't fancy us to get one let alone three the way we were playing. Apart from that, I don't think anyone can say they did their job today and that is disappointing. I'm the manager so I'll take the rap but the players must share that. We have two tough away games now and we must be better.

"We were second best and that is not good enough. There is no reason why the second goal should have knocked the stuffing out of us, no reason at all but we've been bullied and the game became too easy for Plymouth. It's disappointing but, like I said, the players know my feelings and they'll know more tomorrow but there's no point in making a knee-jerk reaction and slating them. They know how disappointed I am and I want to apologise again for that performance and result.

"Bobbie (Dale) and Zack (Kotwica) wouldn't be playing if we didn't think they had potential. We were light in forward areas today and Bobbie has been really good in training so he deserved his chance.

"You have no divine right to win a game, no matter who you're playing and no matter who you think you are. Today we were found wanting."

Read the report here.

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