Cheltenham Town: We need to keep working hard, says Yates
CHELTENHAM Town boss Mark Yates was left ruing his side's missed chances after the Robins sank to a 2-0 defeat at Chesterfield.
Though Yates said he was relatively happy with what he saw in the second half, he believed his players could have easily got a point from the Proact Stadium clash and that Cheltenham were unlucky to concede a second goal.
Yates believes Chesterfield are promotion contenders but that the goals conceded were 'poor' on Cheltenham's part.
He said: "They are a good side, with very good players.
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"They are good on the ball, they make the pitch big and the game plan was to keep them quiet for 45 minutes.
"They had the majority of the possession but they weren't going anywhere.
"They were going to make a change right on the goal, and bring on (Tendayi) Darikwa to get a bit of extra pace on us.
"Unfortunately we buckled just at the wrong time.
"We looked comfortable but we didn't quite do our jobs, we didn't quite lock them in a corner and they could get out and score.
"The first was a good goal but it was poor on our part. I thought we were much better in the second half and a bit unlucky for them to get a second."
Byron Harrison was unfortunate to have an almost certain equaliser cleared off he line by Ryan Edwards, while Troy Brown had a headed effort disallowed for offside early in the second half.
Jermaine McGlashan screamed for a penalty, but his desperate appeal was turned down, and Yates was left frustrated at what might have been.
He said: "We could easily have got a point from the game.
"Byron's had the best chance of the first half when he's dinked the keeper and the lad's cleared it. He could have done a bit better. We had a goal disallowed, we had a penalty shout that the boys are quite adamant was.
"Perhaps we were guilty of not pulling the trigger enough times. You shoot, you get a bit of luck and it goes in the back of the net.
"But that's the way it is sometimes away from home and we've got to keep working hard.
"We showed in the second half we can compete and play as well, and create some chances.
"I'm relatively happy with what I saw."
To add to Yates' injury headache, after prolific goalscorer Jamie Cureton has been sidelined for six weeks (shoulder), Terry Gornell went down in the second half and was taken off with a groin problem, which is being assessed.
Yates declined to comment on speculation that the Robins are trying to sign former Cheltenham player Steven Gillespie.
However, he did say that efforts to secure a loan striker in the absence of the prolific Cureton were ongoing.
Zack Kotwica, who has been offered a professional contract with the Robins, replaced Sam Deering in the 84th minute of Saturday's match.
Yates said he had not been dealing with the 17-year-old's contract but that his spells on the pitch for the first team continued to impress him.
He added: "Zack plays with a freedom, he plays with a freshness.
"He's got energy. He beat their captain three or four times in the ten minutes he was on.
"He's a threat and he's going to get games for us. He's a good player, and it won't be long before he's demanding a place in the team.
"We need to look after him, we know that, he needs to get games under his belt and we'll continue to do what we do with him."
Yates was also impressed with the performance of attack-minded left-back Craig Braham-Barrett who toiled doggedly to keep the likes of Marc Richards and Gary Roberts under control.
He added: "I thought Craig's performance was superb.
"There was a lot of good stuff, but to be successful in this league we need to do that for 90 minutes and focus for 90 minutes, especially away from home."