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Yates: We Were Outfought

29 December 2013

Mark Yates believes Mansfield came with a gameplan which worked perfectly.

Robins chief Mark Yates speaking to the media following this afternoon's 2-1 loss:

"For the first time in a couple of months we have not been good enough and it's disappointing. I'm not going over the top but we have been able to look each other in the eyes every week at 5pm since Tamworth and I don't think enough were good today. They came and did a job on us and stopped us playing but we didn't help ourselves. We had plenty of chances in the first half but we have gifted them the second goal and it was a bad time to concede. We came back out looking to give it a real go and that never really materialised. We had a late goal and a few half chances but we probably got what we deserved today.

"I haven't seen it (second goal) yet but from where I was Connor (Goldson) looked like he was facing his own goal and whether he headed it in or not - he was in the wrong position. That was a blow of course but we haven't got into a pattern, tempo or anything today. You have to give them (Mansfield) credit but i think from the first minute we knew what it was going to be like. It was a frustrating afternoon.

"I thought they did everything a little better than us. Not in terms of passing because I don't think they did but they played their game and they have gone with a certain way of playing and it has beaten us. credit to them for that but we got out fought, out battled and that doesn't happen very often. The lesson is that we have to compete and we warned about complacent but I don't think that was the case today because we were just out battled.

"It's disappointing but we have to go again now. We've been in decent form and one defeat in 11 won't deter us from what we're trying to do. There probably will be changes Wednesday but we'll see how everyone comes through today. We'll have a look at them tomorrow and Tuesday. We have to make sure we get some fresh legs on the pitch if required. We have a squad and if I have to mix them up a little bit then that is what I'll do."

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