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Cheltenham Town boss Mark Yates admits: I got it wrong against Dagenham and Redbridge

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 11, 2013

BEST OF A BAD BUNCH: Goalkeeper Scott Brown, who had earlier saved a penalty, went close to scoring as Cheltenham Town tried to score a late leveller at Dagenham on Saturday

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MARK Yates accepted responsibility for Cheltenham Town's 1-0 defeat at Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday, admitting: "I got it wrong."

The Robins boss conceded that his team selection and tactics did not work at Victoria Road, where Luke Howell's 58th-minute strike sealed three deserved points for the home side.

"We were not good enough by a million miles and I'll take responsibility for that because I got it wrong," Yates said.

"The supporters came and got behind the boys, but we didn't give them anything to cheer.

"It was a very poor performance from start to finish and we didn't get up any head of steam up to create any real chances and we didn't pass it."

Cheltenham's defeat saw them drop to fifth and Yates (inset) said it was time for his players to stop trying to pass the blame as they prepare for another long trip to Southend United tomorrow.

"Our balls up to the front two were poor, but the defenders and midfielders were moaning it wasn't sticking and the strikers were moaning about service," he said.

"We have to stop that moaning and get some cohesion back in our game. We were outfought and outrun and if you don't compete and be strong against a team managed by John Still you'll be found out, and we were.

"You have to give them some credit, but we made it far too easy for them and it could have been more than 1-0."

Yates was disappointed with the goal, which stemmed from young loan defender Michael Hector bringing the ball out from the back but putting Jason Taylor under pressure with a pass, allowing Abu Ogogo to steal possession.

"Michael has to learn and that's why he has come to us," Yates said. "I have no problem with him bringing it out, but he made wrong decision and their player (Ogogo) dominated the middle of the park and broke us down every time we tried to play until Marlon (Pack) came on. It was a bad goal."

Yates sent on Pack for his first appearance since the saga over his move to Swindon Town started on January 31.

Pack improved things in the latter stages of the match and Yates confirmed he would play some part at Roots Hall, despite a move to the County Ground still being on the cards if the League One side are sanctioned to make signings by the Football League.

"Marlon is our player until someone tells me otherwise and he is a good player," Yates said.

"He will be involved tomorrow and everyone else comes into the equation too. We have to pick ourselves up quickly."

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