Date: 20th January 2014 at 3:11pm
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Manager Mark Yates has apologised to the fans following the loss to Accrington Stanley last weekend, and said that he was left hurting with how the game went.

Speaking to the Official Site following the two one loss at the Abbey Business Stadium, Yates was visibly annoyed and angered with how we played – especially the first half – in his immediate TV interviews, and by the time he sat down for this interview, his feelings don’t seem to have changed.

‘Against anybody, you can’t play like we did in the first half. We were too lethargic, and we just weren’t good enough and we conceded two sloppy goals. In the second half we had a go but it’s not what we’re about. It’s not what we want the team and the club to be about. It’s cost us three points. It’s cost us at least a point. It’s a defeat and it hurts me, my staff and I hope it hurts the players.’

Yates goes on to say that he warned the players ahead of the game that it was going to be a very tough match, but we just never got going in the game and although we had a chance or two, we could’ve gone in at half time with a greater margin in their favour.

‘I apologise to the supporters for our first half performance. I can’t give them any credit for the second half as the damage was already done. If they had got something out of it I could have given them a pat on the back but to praise them because they had a go second half doesn’t cut the mustard for me.’

Yates admits that the 442 formation we started with wasn’t doing us any favours and it didn’t suit us on the day for some reason, but ultimately the players just didn’t work hard enough in any case, and that was the overriding factor for the first 45 minutes.

Adding that given the run of defeats we are now on, three on the bounce, in his mind starting positions are now up for grabs and it’s down to the players to nail themselves into his starting eleven, by bringing an end to this run and getting back to winning ways.