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Cheltenham Town video: We deserved to feel the force of gaffer's anger - Penn

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

  • UPHILL BATTLE: Midfielder Russ Penn attempts to hold off the challenge of three Chesterfield players during Tuesday's 4-1 defeat

  • Edgar Davids

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RUSS Penn admitted Cheltenham Town's players deserved to feel the wrath of boss Mark Yates after Tuesday night's 4-1 disappointment at Chesterfield.

Trailing 2-0 at half-time, Kaid Mohamed's header briefly restored hope early in the second half, but Chesterfield scored less than two minutes later before adding a late fourth to compound the Robins' misery.

Midfielder Penn said the dressing room was a very quiet place after the final whistle, once Yates had made his feelings quite clear.

"It was not good enough and we've felt the full force of the gaffer, and rightly so," Penn said.

"He told us we need to be more disciplined because too many soft goals have been given away from mistakes and us giving the ball away in poor areas.

"We are all disappointed and it was not nice after the game, but that's the way it goes sometimes.

"It's been a bad week, which we want to throw away and get on with at home to Barnet on Saturday."

Penn was one of the few players to emerge with any credit from a poor all-round display at the Proact Stadium, but he said few players could have any complaints if Yates rings the changes for the visit of Barnet.

"There can be no excuses if the gaffer makes changes and sometimes the team needs freshening up a bit," he said.

"Sometimes you have a bad week but if the season finished now we'd be promoted, so we can't beat ourselves up too much.

"We are a tight-knit bunch and everyone was very quiet after Tuesday's game, but we'll get back to basics and the quicker we can get over this the better.

"We've only got ourselves to blame for the last two results and we are the only ones who can put things right."

Yates switched from 4-2-3-1 to 4-4-2 at half-time on Tuesday, with Darren Carter the midfielder to be sacrificed and Penn paired with Marlon Pack in the centre of the pitch.

"We were too open in the first half, but I thought we looked a lot better in the second," Penn said.

"We got one back and if we could have kept things tight after that I think we could have got something from the game.

"But they scored again straight away and we definitely need to work on our mental strength after conceding goals, which has been the story of the last two games really.

"We need three points on Saturday and we then have an FA Cup tie against Hereford to look forward to and we can forget about this week hopefully."

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