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Yates: Frustrating Defeat

29 March 2013

Mark Yates left frustrated with a gutting defeat at Vale Park.

Robins manager Mark Yates speaking to the media following this afternoon's 3-2 defeat to Port Vale:

"I'm frustrated. We came apart for 15 minutes when we conceded. Jennison Myrie-Williams caused Billy a lot of problems today but he was left exposed. We work on that week in and week out but we didn't help him enough today. They could have put the game to bed in the first half and words were forthcoming at half time and I got my response.

"We played to Byron's strengths and Benno has caused them problems in the second half. They had gone when we went 2-1 up but Tom Pope has won them the game because Myrie-Williams was quiet once we got Sido onto him. Michael Hector has had a decent game but his man has scored three goals and that is disappointing.

"We haven't conceded too many goals from set pieces but it was disappointing today and all the goals we conceded were disappointing. You cannot make the mistakes we did against players like Pope.

"I wanted Keith to take the game in his stride and he did straight away and that was the best we have seen from Byron today and he could have scored three. The first one is a great save and Mo has tapped it in and he's had another couple of great chances. I don't moan at people for missing chances because he got there and McCombe has made a great save on the line. The second half performance was very good and we dominated but we just didn't finish things off. They could say the same thing about he first half but Browny has made one or two really good blocks.

"I think we've got to win five games now. We are still capable but I'm not stupid because we were looking for three points today and we didn't get it. We still have a chance and we have another tough game on Monday. We'll see where we are after that and re-group for four big games.

"The mood must be a mixture of disappointment and a knowing that we should have done better."

Read the report here.

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