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Yates: Massively Disappointing

9 November 2013

Mark Yates disappointed as a poor first half performance costs Cheltenham dear.

Robins chief Mark Yates talking to the media following this afternoon's 1-0 defeat at Tamworth:

"It was disappointing. Tamworth have  got some good players and it was their day today. They have done a decent job on us. There were too many of us not doing as well as we should have been doing in the first half and that was the downfall of our game today. In the second half we had chance after chance after chance and we were always going to leave ourselves a bit open. It's massively disappointing because we wanted to put in a good performance and get a good win but unfortunately we have fallen victim to the FA Cup's thing of lower league teams being able to beat anybody.

"It is a stonewall penalty at the end but listen, credit to Tamworth because they have probably earned that bit of luck at the end.

"In the first half I though my two centre halves were bullied and my strikers weren't involved in the game. One average ball into our box and we have conceded a goal which we should never have conceded. That is massively disappointing.

"Craig (Braham-Barrett) can play both sides and he gives us energy. With no David Noble in the team I wanted to try and get three strikers on the pitch. I've got a squad of players that I'm more than happy to pick from. Today we have let ourselves down in the first half in particular.

"I felt we needed Craig on the left in the second half and Stevey Elliott's experience to cope with their centre forwards better than we had. We had 7 or 8 really good chances but we've not pulled the trigger or had the desire to put finishes into the back of the net. We got into some great positions and the keeper has made some good saves but we have not been ruthless enough and it is massively disappointing.

"We came here to get through to the next round and to work harder than them and to be as competitive as them but we didn't stand up to that in the first half. We then gave them something to hang onto and we just didn't have enough today to get the equaliser and go on to win it.

"It's massively disappointing and I understand that for the chairman, the fans, my staff and everyone connected with the club and the players are disappointed too. We need to pick ourselves up and we will do but we need to take a long hard look at ourselves now."

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