Cheltenham Town: Mark Yates certain goals will flow
MARK Yates is confident the goals will begin to flow for his Cheltenham Town team if they maintain the standards they showed in their 1-1 draw at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.
The Robins fell behind in the third minute as Keith Lowe put through his own net, but Shaun Harrad's 38th minute penalty earned them a point and maintained their unbeaten away record.
Yates admitted it was two points dropped, however, as Cheltenham poured forward and created enough chances to have won comfortably.
But he was satisfied with the performance, particularly after the previous week's 3-0 home defeat by Accrington Stanley.
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"We rather shot ourselves in the foot in the third minute, gifting another calamitous goal," Yates said.
"But the response from that was fantastic and we passed the ball exceptionally well in sweltering heat.
"It's two points dropped, but from where were last Saturday, I got what I wanted.
"My keeper has hardly touched the ball, but we didn't quite do enough in the second half to really grab it.
"I still felt we should have gone on and won it and we had enough chances to have won the game.
"We had three or four great chances in the last six or seven minutes, but the goals will come."
Yates hailed the impact made by midfielder Darren Carter, who made his first start after more than a year out with injury.
Carter, Marlon Pack and Sam Deering all caught the eye with their performances in the centre of the pitch.
"I told the boys to go out and pass the ball because against Aldershot and Accrington we didn't play the sort of football we want to," Yates said.
"We needed to take responsibility with the ball and we did that.
"We knocked it around superbly well, we just needed the finishing touch.
"That was Darren's first game in 14 or 15 months and he was outstanding and will only get better.
"He is so assured on the ball and he and Marlon worked well together.
"Sam Deering was causing them all sorts of problems too.
"We have to start turning these performances into wins and that's the objective ready for next week."
Cheltenham host Southend United on Saturday before Oxford United visit the Abbey Business Stadium three days later.
â Cheltenham Town will play Oxford United at home in the second round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. The tie will be played during the week commencing October 8.
â Second choice goalkeeper Connor Roberts has been called into the Wales Under-21 squad for this afternoon's game against the Czech Republic in Jablonec.