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Yates: An Ugly Win

26 December 2013

Mark Yates delighted with 'ugly' win over Exeter City.

Robins manager Mark Yates speaking to the media following this afternoon's 1-0 victory over Exeter City:

"It was the old cliche of a game of two halves. We had a brilliant first half and we should have been out of sight but they were much better than us in the second half. We probably needed an ugly 1-0 win and we certainly got that with the second half performance. We need to work out what we say to them and get the right message across. We didn't say anything or do anything different but we gave them (Exeter) a little bit of impetuous right after half time but the win is testament to my players.

"I have always said that Scotty is the best goalkeeper in our league and I think he showed that with some outstanding saves today. Most were from long distance but there were too many for my liking and my defenders know that. Our start to the second half was nowhere near our first half performance.

"Big credit to the players because they stuck at it, put their bodies on the line and we have tremendous spirit at the moment. We're 11 games unbeaten and it's the first time we have had back to back wins this season. I'm not angry with the players but I have told them that the first half was excellent and the second half was nowhere near. From where we have been with only two home wins and six 2-2 draws - we weren't going to win 5-0. Someone will get it soon if we play like that and against Fleetwood but it was going to take an ugly 1-0.

"There were plenty of goalscoring opportunities but we need to be ruthless and after the first half it would have been wrong if we had not won the game but in the second half we weren't anywhere near how we want to be. Scoring goals is the hardest thing in the world and they (Exeter) haven't achieved it today because my men were desperate for them not too and Scotty Brown was in decent form. 

"We had a bit of luck at time but I think we have earned that and it is about time we had some. My Dad bought me a new shirt for Christmas and I'm going to wear it again on Sunday!"

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