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Yates: Outstanding Performances

29 March 2014

Mark Yates was very pleased with some of the performances on show from his players away at Hartlepool.

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates speaking to the press following today's 1-0 win over Hartlepool United:

"I thought it was a really good game of football and we played some great stuff. I was really pleased with many aspects. For the first 50 minutes we played a Diamond and they did too but Neil felt were were open and I think the change made all the difference. There were some really outstanding performances and, when we've taken the lead, we have made some blocks when we needed them.

"We conceded a freekick in an identical position to Tuesday night and the fact that we analysed it, thought how we could deal with it better and we practiced that yesterday. The players listened, put it right and Sido has made the header and Matty has headed one behind too. It was a bit of everything today and I thought the players produced a solid and hard working performance but played some decent football too.

"Both teams tried to play a little bit but we frustrated them once we changed the system. Byron was adamant that he was brought down for a penalty but it was a great cross from Sido and a great finish from Jermaine. Sido was really good. He concentrates more at left back, I'm sure he does and he has done great again.

"I thought Billy Daniels was really good. Hard working, assured touch, awareness, good vision and it was a great strike for when he hit the post and I thought that was going to be our chance. He has taken into the work ethic straight away. He is a young lad on loan and he has been in Coventry's team most of the season. It was a good performance and he linked things up well for us.

"It doesn't matter if they are home or away, we just want to win some games and finish strongly. We can have a good week now because we have a few knocks and we need to make sure we are fit and raring to go next Saturday.

"It's one hell of a trip. It took us 7 hours with an hour and a half training so fair play to the fans. Apparently a few were up last night and over 100 made the journey and that is great. Hopefully we have given them a reason to go home a little happier."

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