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Yates: Decisions Cost Us

19 October 2013

Mark Yates says today's defeat should never have happened and poor decisions were to blame.

Robins manager Mark Yates speaking to the media following this afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Rochdale:

"How we've conceded two goals, I don't know. They were poor goals and the timing of it was poor.

"We knew they were a decent side but we nullified them, we kept them quiet but we made the odd mistake, we switched off twice and we got beat.

"It's tough for the boys, but it shouldn't have happened.

"Poor decisions cost us, because otherwise we would be talking about a great 1-0 win. That's what it should have been.

"It's fine margins, Russ could've scored just after they equalised but we have to keep going, again and again. We're lucky that we have a game on Tuesday to put it right.

"We were 1-0 up against a side who will be in and around promotion come the end of the season, it's a tough one to take for everyone today.

"We wanted the second goal so I kept the strikers on the pitch, we could have changed it. When they equalised I could've taken Jamie off, but then you've lost your top goalscorer when you're trying to win the game.

"You're damned if you do and damned if you don't sometimes.

"We were comfortable, but it's just one of those games.

"The only way to sort out our luck is to be stronger and better. I must sound like a broken record at the moment but we'll be back on the training ground on Monday for a repeat performance on Tuesday.

"I thought we were much better in the second half, for 25-30 minutes but we gifted them a couple of poor goals right at the end.

"When you lose, you want to get back and play again as quickly as you can. It's going to be a tough game but we will go and put out a team that we think can beat anybody."

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