Date: 17th December 2013 at 11:05pm
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Mark Yates has been forced again to admit that it was two points dropped for Cheltenham in the game against Hartlepool because we didn’t handle the second half conditions well enough in the game.

Cheltenham took a good two goal lead inside the first 45 minutes, but we let it all slip away in the second 45 minutes and speaking to the Official Site following the match, Yates was clearly annoyed with this.

‘The first goal we conceded has taken the wind out of our sails and they were two bad goals. I thought we were great in the first half and we deserved a two goal lead. Obviously conditions were tricky but we did everything right in the first half.’

Yates goes on to say that with the conditions it was bouncy on the pitch, and the wind certainly didn’t help, but he felt we could’ve handled things so much better and responded with more authority to losing the first goal and used it as a spur to get back to how we had been playing properly, but unfortunately for us we shrank even further.

Again though, there were positives from the game, the first half and Yates picks out specifically the performances of Jermaine McGlashan and Byron Harrison, as well as that of on loan winger Kemar Roofe.

But again and not for the first time this season, switching off at key points and then not bouncing back in the way we know we are capable of doing, has cost us.

However, it’s another point, and remain unbeaten again, but clearly with a slight upturn in form given we sit reasonably comfortable in mid table now, we really could be pushing higher and we’ve had the opportunities to do just that.