Cheltenham Town: We're serving up some rubbish, admits Yates
BOSS Mark Yates admits Cheltenham Town must start from scratch after their 4-1 defeat at the hands of Bury.
Cheltenham took an early lead at Gigg Lane through Andy Procter's own goal, but they crumbled and found themselves 3-1 down inside 17 minutes.
To compound the misery, Craig Braham-Barrett and Steve Elliott were both forced off with injuries in the first half.
Cheltenham have shipped 11 goals in five League Two matches this term, taking four points from a possible 15 and they lie 21st in the early standings.
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Yates called his players in for another Sunday session yesterday to begin the inquest into their poorest start to a campaign since 2008.
"We need to go back to the drawing board, find our identity and what we are about because we are getting beaten up at both ends of the pitch and serving up rubbish," Yates said.
"We are conceding far too many goals so we have to go back to boring old basics. Saturday was nowhere near good enough after a great start."
Yates blasted left-back Braham-Barrett for not staying down after picking up an ankle injury before Bury's equaliser.
"It was pathetic and he should have gone down, Bury would have kicked it out and Ian Weston (sports therapist) could have come on," Yates said.
"We didn't know if he was coming or going and it was farcical on our part and not good enough, but we'll learn from that situation.
"It hasn't helped us, but we shouldn't lose 4-1 because of that and we folded tamely after their first goal."
Key defender Elliott was forced off after being caught in the face by an elbow and with Troy Brown out with a hamstring injury, Yates is facing a defensive shortage.
Yates said a signing before tonight's 11pm transfer deadline was unlikely, but he was planning to ask chairman Paul Baker today as they meet to discuss an extended contract for the manager and his assistant Neil Howarth.
"Stevie had a nasty elbow and I think he was out cold for a little while," Yates said. "His jaw and cheek are very sore, but we are lucky it wasn't worse.
"I will ask the question, but I don't see anything happening to be honest and whoever plays against Plymouth at home tomorrow night (Johnstone's Paint Trophy first round) has an opportunity to stake their claim for a regular place."
Yates said he was not being given enough by his creative players, and their efforts were being undermined by the team's defensive fragility.
"We play Sammy Deering to try and create stuff, but I am not getting enough end product from him or a number of them," Yates said.
"The whole team is not functioning at the standard we need to be and we can't use our creative players when we are not even in games.
"We have to respond in the right way now and I am angry at the performance, but we have to go again.
"We can't just play for the middle of the game when it's already over.
"Everyone involved simply has to find a way to become mentally tougher."