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Yates: Stuck For Words

22 March 2014

Mark Yates was left baffled by today's 4-3 defeat away at AFC Wimbledon.

Cheltenham Town chief Mark Yates speaking to the media following this afternoon's 4-3 defeat at AFC Wimbledon:

"I don't know how we lost that but somehow did. Do you know what? That was probably our best performance of the season bar three goals in three minutes without the ball going out of play and just from kick off. I am fuming but that probably just sums us up and our season. We were outstanding, we were comfortable and we were playing some really good football with chances galore. Jermaine had a chance to put us 3-0 up but was half a yard wide and then suddenly we're 3-2 down. We got ourselves back in it but then we've conceded in the 96th minute with a cross that we didn't deal with and a ridiculous goal again.

"Sometimes when you get beaten then the supporters can give the players or me a bit of stick and I understand that but today they have clapped us off at the end. It;s really frustrating and hard to make sense of it to be honest. Somehow we have lost and you have go to give them the credit for having the fight to carry on but we have gifted them goals. It is our soft underbelly.

"Even at the end I would have taken a point but to concede again just sums us up. Lots of good things but three minutes of woeful defending.

"The first goal was just poor defending on our part and the second goal was a deflection but to concede a third straight after in the manner we did was poor. All of the goals were self inflicted. I'm a bit stuck for words and desperately disappointed after a loss and nearly a decent performance.

"Byron and Jermaine caused immense problems and were superb bar the chances. I thought Byron was outstanding today but Jermaine could have had two goals, one in the first half and one in the second half. That is the nature of the game but not going 3-0 up has cost us because they wouldn't have got back from that unless we really had pressed the panic button. Credit to them but disappointing for us."

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