Date: 27th October 2013 at 6:30pm
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Manager Mark Yates has admitted that he’s disappointed with the result following our one all draw with Northampton yesterday, but he couldn’t be prouder of the ‘superb’ performance that the players put in.

Speaking to the Official Site after the game, Yates described it as definitely being one of our better showings of the season so far, but he was disappointed that we dropped our energy levels when we took the early lead in the game when Harrison found the net after ten minutes.

Yates wanted to see us keep going with the same intensity and kill the game off, but that does stand as really the only negative he can find on the day.

‘They’ve had one shot on target that I can remember. I’m disappointed we haven’t won, but there’s a lot of positives to take from today. I thought we were superb.’

He goes on to say that he felt the team were very together again and worked well for each other, and he couldn’t credit the fans more for the noise they made behind the goal, but such was our overall performance – even allowing for the drop in energy – he feels we did enough to win two games of football with the chances we created yesterday, so again, to come away with only a share of the spoils does stick – but in many ways he appreciates its a good point that will count come the end of the season, so at least it’s one point gained, even if it is two points thrown away.

As for their equaliser, Yates goes on to say that he wants Cheltenham to play football, so he’s not going to go over the top or hang someone for making a mistake with the ball as it will happen at points, but what is important for the players is they don’t let mistakes fester again and they keep playing with confidence and trying things on the pitch so they come even further out of their shells in the search for results and wins.

The difference ultimately was that we couldn’t find the second goal, but the major learning curve he wants the players to appreciate from the match is to not coast in future when we are comfortable. Keep plugging away and keep going as if you want to start coasting in a game, do it when you are four nil up, not one nil because a single goal isn’t a good enough margin.