Play Off Ambition Now Over
Following on from our one nil loss to Bristol Rovers last night, manager Mark Yates has now declared our play off ambitions for this season to be over.
Rovers' winner came just before the 35 minute mark in the game, and despite having the greater chances over the course of 90 minutes we just couldn't get ourselves back into the match and speaking to the Official Site following the game a rather irate Yates bemoaned our efforts to keep the ball out of the net at that moment in time.
'The goal was a moment we should have dealt with better. Three or four mistakes led to the goal so it was disappointing because we gave them a lead and we couldn't get it back. The effort was there in a battle between two evenly contested teams but it's just disappointing that we've got nothing from it.'
Yates goes on to say that again, and not for the first time this season, we just haven't been ruthless enough when chances have come our way and in particular we missed two or three really good chances that we should've done better with last night, and that was before they got the lead, so the game should've been completely different in his eyes.
'There were some really good performances but again we have come away with nothing.'
Yates goes on to say that during the first half he felt there was a period where we were just second best to everything, we were losing tackles and headers, and we completely lost our grip on the game. Even though they put us under pressure in the second 45 minutes, the effort and commitment was there again by then so we coped with it well.
He also references Steve Elliott hitting the post, Sido Jombati's unlucky attempt from the rebound and a few headed chances that an inch either way to use the cliche, would've made all the difference.
As for our aim of a late run at the play off spots, Yates says that hope is now over for this campaign as we've just lost too many points over the course of the season and last night one or three points too many lost.
'I think the play offs are unrealistic and we all do. We are not winning games full stop but we've got to keep our foot on the gas and try to win as many games as we can as quickly as we can. It's tight at the bottom and it's tight just above us because we could've moved up to 9th or 10th but unfortunately we got beat.'
Are the play offs unrealistic...have to wait for the fat lady to sing for that, but even if that is now a step too far having dropped points again, league positions equal money so the higher we can go the better position the club will be in long term and that will no doubt figure in the managers plans as well.