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Yates: Positive Signs

27 August 2013

Mark Yates was pleased with his team's performance after defeat at Premier League West Ham.

Robins chief Mark Yates speaking to the media follow tonight's 2-1 loss at West Ham in the Capital One Cup:

"I thought we did alright. West Ham are a good team and we knew that but up until a worldy freekick they weren't hurting us. We kept them quiet and we probably had the better chances up until they scored but their second goal was disappointing because we didn't clear our lines. The goal was a killer blow but we responded really well and Jermaine was then taken out for the penalty. It did that by himself and he was brave.

"West Ham had plenty of chances and Scotty has made some worldy saves. We had to defend and then Zack popped up at the other end as well as Byron who had a chance from the long throw. That is probably the best we have done against a Premier League team and hopefully we have learnt from our other two (Tottenham & Everton). We didn't want to be overawed today and we had a little bit of a game plan. It pretty much worked but we probably conceded the second goal at wrong time to be fair.

"I thought the freekick for the first goal was a bit harsh on Russ (Penn) but we had numerous chances to clear it for the second goal but it was a good bit of skill. They have some quality players but a few of my players showed they can play a little bit too. There are some positive signs for us.

"Ryan Inniss made his debut and I thought he was outstanding. Browny was excellent too but they were all good tonight and that is pleasing. I probably made the decision on Ryan at 5pm on Saturday evening. Troy had felt his hamstring and he carried on manfully but I don't want to risk him. I'd like to thank Palace for giving us permission. Ryan has had to be patient and he has been a little unlucky but he took his chance and I though he was excellent.

"I wanted us to be a bit more creative, a bit more braver and a bit more expansive but it's a difficult thing to do when you're chasing. We stood up really well and very nearly took it to extra time.

"The supporters were superb and they made good noise as well as getting behind us. That's what we need home and away."

Read the report here.

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