Mark Yates praises his players' hard work to fight to the very end and secure a point.Robins manager Mark Yates speaking to the press following this afternoon's 1-1 draw at Roots Hall:
"It was no more than we deserved. We showed a bit of spirit and I thought we could have had 4 or 5 in the first half because the game plan worked but we conceded a jammy goal on their part.
"It's gone through Troy's legs and Scotty has made the first save and pushed it to him but he didn't have anything to do all game. Credit to the work rate the team put in but we were desperately disappointed to be 1-0 down at half time.
"We had a go in the second half and caused a few problems, not as many as we would have liked but the spirit in the squad kept us going and the 96th minute equaliser sort of sums where we are at right now. I would have liked it to have been a 96th minute winner but it shows that we've got something about us to keep it going.
"It's a blatant handball and everyone in the ground could see that, even the supporters moaning at the referee as well as me and my players. It was nice to see it hit the back of the net but the boys earned that and we're seven unbeaten in the league. We've drawn too many and we know that but it's a tough place to come because they've had five wins out of five but all the talk before the game was that they were going to make it six but we were the better team today.
"Jamie (Cureton) could have played 20 minutes at the end but he has a bit of a strain (hamstring) and we didn't want to play him really unless we were desperate. I just had a feeling that Jermaine's pace in behind them would cause problems and I don't think they expected that line-up from us and you all probably thought it was going to be 4-3-3. It's important that we have a couple of people who can place in different positions for us and it's important that we always play to the last minute because if you can do that then you'll sometimes get your rewards. We got a little reward today for our effort and for being the better team.
"Ifs, buts and maybes don't get you anywhere. Winning games and results is what we are after and I picked an attacking line-up to do just that but in the end, in the final minute, of course you'd take a point. I think it was thoroughly deserved for the players and for the supporters behind the goal too who have travelled a long way and I think appreciated the effort that the players put in and the goal at the end.
"We're seven games unbeaten and now we have got to take that into Morecambe and Hartlepool and the Christmas period. We know we can win games because we've got the players to do so here. I want to thank the board for allowing me to bring three young players in and I think Zack (Kotwica) going out on loan will do him the world of good too. I just think we needed to freshen things up and have a bit more competition for places."
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