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We will draw plenty of positives – Yates

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 28, 2013

Mark Yates

Mark Yates

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MARK Yates said Cheltenham Town were agonisingly close to a "complete performance" before one lapse in concentration cost them dearly at Fleetwood Town.

They took a fully-deserved lead through Marlon Pack's first half volley, but poor marking from a corner allowed substitute Junior Brown to nod in a leveller in the 69th minute as Cheltenham's run of draws continued.

Yates said when he overcame the disappointment of such a sloppy goal he would take the many positives from a much-improved display at Highbury Stadium on Tuesday.

"That was my team and how I know they can play and we saw almost a complete performance, but we've come away with a point and it's bitterly frustrating," said Yates (inset).

"We have good players and we showed that because Fleetwood have hardly had a shot on target, but someone has not done their job from a corner and I know who it is.

"It's a shame as the lad came into the side and did well, but he's more than a good marker for us and he has cost us two points from a game we should have won because we were outstanding.

"There was lots of good stuff, but I am not the happiest man in the world at the moment.

"We needed a win because we didn't win on Saturday at Accrington and we've let ourselves down."

Yates called for his players to stand up and be counted before the long trip to the Fylde Coast and he felt they did that, apart from one lapse.

He said: "They couldn't get near us in the first half and in the second half we were still in control, but we switched off and it cost us dear.

"We have to go again on Saturday against Wimbledon at home now.

"I am not going to publicly slate anybody, but we spoke about standing up and being counted and unfortunately one split second has cost us and you have to do it for 95 minutes.

"It's just the way our luck is at the minute. We are drawing too many games, but this one we deserved to win so will take the positives from it.

"I thought Darren Carter and Russ Penn were good, the lads in the middle (Pack and Jason Taylor) were outstanding, as were the back four and we made Fleetwood look very ordinary.

"The supporters were great and really backed us and we have shown signs of promise.

"We have 11 games to go and if play like that we will win a lot more than we have done of late.

"It was our best performance for a while and one of the best of the whole season."

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  • RegularRobin  |  March 01 2013, 8:21PM

    Thanks TiGteam71 for your response. My remarks were not aimed at JP who I consider does a great job under sometimes difficult circumstances. Rather at the owners of the Gloucestershire Echo (and most provincial newspapers for that matter) who have turned what used to be a truly local NEWSpaper that reported events within 12 / 24 hrs of them taking place. My 'Echo' is now delivered to me at 6.30 am together with my Daily Mirror. No surprise then that deadline time passes before the final whistle of football matches. Oh for the days when the first edition of said newspaper was published at midday with further editions at regular intervals each containing the latest racing results and cricket scores in the 'Stop Press'. I guess that costs and 'logistics' decree that we will never see the like again. Good luck to JP and to the Robins for the rest of the season.

  • TiGteam71  |  March 01 2013, 3:16PM

    Hi RegularRobin. Unfortunately the game finished after the printing deadline for the Echo which is why it wasn't in the newspaper the next day. JP always files his copy live from the game and follows it up with a full match report and video on the day / night of the game - home or away! I work closely with JP and he is happy to discuss this with you if you email him: jon.palmer@glosmedia.co.uk

  • RegularRobin  |  February 28 2013, 1:39PM

    Well done Robins! Best performance of the season but still only one point from a game dominated by the Rubies. Does this mean that after 35 matches MY now knows the best set-up of the team ?? Will he be brave enough to field the same eleven on Saturday ?? Too much tinkering with the starting line-up and tactics have not helped the cause this season. This is possibly the last chance to put a run together which will gain us promotion. Any more inconcistencies and we will be spending another season in League Two. After blowing the full budget for this term MY knows that in a couple of months we will be losing the likes of Benson, Harrad, Hector, probably Pack and Carter together with those players that MY considers not up to the job. He will need to spend wisely in the close season or get in some decent long term loans. Now a moan! What good is there in the 'Echo' printing a report of Tuesday evening's match in the THURSDAY edition. The previous en***bent of the position of football writer always returned from away matches (yes, even long distance midweek games) went straight to the office and typed out the report ready for publication hours later. I don't believe that in this age of technology that JP could not send his report, via his laptop, to arrive on the subs' desk by 11pm, ready for printing in the Wednesday edition of the Echo.

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