Cheltenham Town: Yates says sorry after 'unacceptable' defeat
MARK Yates has promised to ring the changes after what he described as an 'unacceptable' performance from Cheltenham Town on Saturday.
The Robins were soundly beaten 3-0 at home by Accrington Stanley, their first defeat of the League Two campaign.
With a trip to Wycombe Wanderers next up on Saturday, Yates is planning a reshuffle with the likes of skipper Alan Bennett and Darren Carter among those who will fancy their chances of starting at Adams Park.
"I am gutted and I apologise to the supporters for the way we played," Yates (inset) said.
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"There is still loads of bedding in to do for the new players, but today wasn't good enough and there will be changes next week without a doubt because we can't accept performances like that.
"I know we'll be better in the next game and I am looking forward to getting back on the training ground because we have plenty to work on."
Yates admitted his decision to play 4-4-2 backfired as Accrington capitalised on some sloppy defensive mistakes to make it three wins from four.
"Maybe I got the team wrong and I'll take the blame because the players I put in didn't do it, so the manager has to take the flak," he said.
"It was disappointing and we have to start again, but they know how disappointed I am and we were nowhere near good enough.
"Credit to Accrington, but we were massively under par and it's a nice little wake-up call for us after three games."
Accrington's opener arrived in the fourth minute and Cheltenham did create several chances, but Yates said they had been outplayed in every department.
"We started well, but they did everything better than us," he said. "We probably had more chances, but they finished them better than we did. It was a bad day, but we'll go again.
"We were sloppy all over the pitch and players were making decisions not up to standard so we were beaten comprehensively.
"I am not kidding myself, it didn't go to plan with 4-4-2, but we'll be better and stronger for this defeat."
Yates has arranged a reserve friendly against an academy team tomorrow, with Carter and Bennett both set to play along with the likes of Sam Deering, Jeff Goulding, Keith Lowe and Darryl Duffy.
"It's up to them to put in a performance to get themselves into the first team," he said.