Date: 20th August 2014 at 6:11pm
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Manager Mark Yates has admitted that Cheltenham weren’t at their best when we faced Carlisle last night.

The game finished nil nil and speaking to the Official Site the gaffer admitted that we did find the game very tough, which he expected, so ultimately he has to be happy that we’ve come out of it with a point.

‘I’m satisfied with a point, we had a glorious chance with Koby but that was all we did create. We didn’t create much tonight but through guts, effort and hard work I cannot fault them. It’s a clean sheet and Trev has made a good save at the end but it could have gone either way. It was an entertaining nil nil.’

Yates goes on to say that he knew their manager Graham Kavanagh would have them up for this one following their defeat at the weekend and we knew we’d have to match them if they gave that response, but in terms of winning the game, we weren’t ‘anywhere’ near our best and we didn’t work as hard as we could’ve done, and he feels that with a little bit more we would’ve got the break in the game.

It was just that lack of in the final third that held us back, because defensively we were on the ball and up for the challenge and he feels overall, certainly worthy of the clean sheet – but having said that he also admits that maybe had Koby buried his chance, it might have been hard on them.

It’s another point though, we remain three unbeaten and have seven from nine so it’s a good start and he’s not going to grumble about that because he knows with how the games come as the season opens, the players do have tired legs now – but attitude and desire has been something he can’t fault yet. Especially our defensive resilience.

There is still of course, a long way to go in the league and lots of improvement we have left to make, so for him it’s a case of taking this game for what it was and ‘taking the heat’ off the players because he also still wants to add to our options and our depth from the market.

‘We need to improve on loads of things and we know that, but we will go to Tranmere full of energy and then we have a full week to get ready for Hartlepool.’