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Yates: We Were Superb

26 October 2013

Mark Yates was disappointed with the result but proud of a superb performance.

Robins manager Mark Yates speaking to the media following this afternoon's 1-1 draw against Northampton:

"I thought we were brilliant today, I thought that was one of our better performances. When we went 1-0 at only 70-75 percent, we should have put our foot on their throat and kill them off.

"They've had one shot on target that I can remember. I'm disappointed we haven't won, but there's a lot of positives to take from today. I thought we were superb.

"The supporters were really good behind the goal and I think the boys showed a lot of togetherness today. They showed a lot of quality.

"I'm disappointed because we could have won two games out there today, with the amount of chances we had. But we've taken something from it. It was important we took something from the game, we're all disappointed but it's one point.

"They had hardly threatened at all, they hardly had the ball in our box.

"We want the boys to play, so we're not hanging people for making a mistake with the ball, it's going to happen every now and again. The timing of their goal was poor, a few minutes to go of the half.

"In the second half, they had to change their shape to try and deal with us. We stepped it up in the second half to be fair. We had seven or eight chances in the second half to win the game and they were some good ones as well.

"I thought Nobby was unlucky with one of his efforts, Sammy's picked him out well and we did everything but get that second and third goal to win the game.

"I'm pleased with lots of things but I think the lesson we have to learn is not to coast in the first half when you're comfortable.

"I thought there was more to come from us, I didn't necessarily think we were coasting I just knew there was more to come from us.

"I wanted us to really grab the game by the scruff of the neck. It wasn't our intention to coast, it was just one of those games where it was too easy for us at times. I don't mean that disrespectfully, we were comfortable, we were a threat.

"I want the lads to play football, I've listened to lots of managers talking about squads not gelling, we're some way in and we've tried different things. Sometimes it hasn't worked, sometimes we've got the personnel wrong and we're finding out a lot more about the players.

"We've got a good, honest group that we just need to keep getting the most out of. I think we're playing some decent football as well as looking a decent side.

"We really have to win now. We've always had to win but  we want to get amongst them as quickly as we can now. If we keep playing like that, we will do. We need to make our dominance count.

"I see every game as a challenge to get three points. I don't target certain games because if you do that you get kicked in the teeth. Every game is as important as each other.

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