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Yates: Working Hard For Solution

27 September 2014

Mark Yates left frustrated with lack of goals and another tight defeat.

Cheltenham chief Mark Yates discusses the 1-0 loss away at Burton Albion:

"I thought both teams looked a bit nervous in the first half. You could tell we hadn't won in a while and you could tell Burton hadn't either. We had a couple of chances but we're disappointed with the goal and I don't know where that has come from. In the second half we decided to turn up and play with a lot more tempo, energy and drive. It was just a case of not being able to score typified by the one Lee (Vaughan) has put across goal with two or three bodies in there. We need to be braver. We should be turning performances like the one in the second half into points.

"We need to be mentally braver to go and make things happen or anticipate something rather than be on our heels - we have to make something happen. In the first half we didn't have a pass in is and we didn't even do the basics right. It looked like two average teams out of form but in the second half I thought we were really good and we had to be. We changed our system a little bit and we have to work out ways how we can make something happen from the start.

"We take criticism on (lack of goals) and I have no problem with that. We have to find a solution and we will do what we can in training but we are still looking for that person to put the ball in the back of the net. If I start with the same team on Saturday with those four strikers then it's up to whoever starts to grab the bull by the horns and make it happen. They are more than capable and I thought they were a real handful in the second half but unfortunately it's not quite happening for us.

"We have had a poor September and fortunately October starts next week but the supporters have been magnificent again. They have stood by us and applauded the players off the pitch at the time. They are just like me, and the players, because they just want to see somebody score. We're going to need something to come off someone's backside next weekend against Wimbledon and then hopefully we can get up and running. Mentally we need to be a bit sharper especially in the box because that's where games are won. They were better than us in the first half but we were better in the second and we have just not scored.

"August was very pleasing but unfortunately recent form has made our start just okay. We don't need to panic because we're too good for that but we need to figure out what gets us wins, points and goals or someone just stepping up to make it happen. It's back to work on Monday to work on giving the fans, who were brilliant today, something to celebrate."

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