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Yates: Bitterly Disappointed

18 April 2014

Mark Yates apologises to the fans for the way his side threw away another first half lead this afternoon.

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates speaks to the press following this afternoon's 2-1 defeat at the hands of promotion chasing Fleetwood Town: 

"We do find some ways to lose games, Scott Brown hasn't had a shot to save all game. And we've lost somehow. Words fail me on that one.

"It's a soft penalty (for Fleetwood's equaliser), we should have had a penalty right at the end of the first half when Jamie Cureton was clattered. I've seen it again on the DVD and it's a blatant penalty. But to see that one given against you at home, I've seen the video and I still don't think it's a penalty.

"We've done what we've done well all season. We've thrown away leads. I apologise to the supporters for the way that happened.

"I thought the overall performance for 50 minutes, until we shot ourselves in the foot, was pretty good. 

"I'm not hiding behind anything, we've found another way of losing from a winning position. We were the better team but we've lost. That's probably why they're up there in the league and we're not.

"I can talk about changing the mentality but we've got three games. We just need to get some points. We'll go on Monday and play with the same attitude we did for the first 50 minutes. It's our fault that we keep shooting ourselves in the foot, that we don't defend properly.

"They've done nothing to us and we're bitterly disappointed. But we're not throwing stuff around in there.  Its symptematic of where we are and we'll go to Mansfield and try to put it right.

"Their keepers made some very good saves, we've been creating chances but the mindset changes when you go two goals down. They were more confident, they had something to defend but we still had quite a few chances.

"I'm not going to defend the fact that we lost again but it just sums up the season that we're having. 

"We've got to make sure we take care of the next three games to give the fans hope for the summer and for next season. We've got to make sure we pick ourselves up again and go to Mansfield prepared and as fresh as we can."

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