Yates - We Threw It Away Again
Manager Mark Yates has apologised to fans and lambasted the team for throwing away yet another lead this season on Good Friday when we suffered a two one loss to Fleetwood Town.
Cheltenham took the lead again in the match with a first half strike from Jamie Cureton, but a second half penalty from Sarcevic and then the winner from Morris gifted them all three points and left Yates knowing he was about to be a broken record again when he spoke to the Official Site at full time.
Yates opening his interview by saying 'We do find some ways to lose games, Scott Brown hasn't had a shot to save all day, and we've lost somehow. Words fail me on that one.'
It wasn't so much of a joke either, rather bizarre frustration in the choice of words.
He goes on to say that he does feel it was a soft penalty to have conceded and he feels we should've had a penalty ourselves right at the end of the first half when Cureton was 'clattered' in the box, and having watched it on replays since he calls it a 'blatant penalty' and is left bemused as to how the referee didn't award it. So to then see him give them one.
'To see that one given against you at home, I've seen the video and I still don't think it's a penalty.'
Ultimately though he knows we threw it away and we should never have been in the position to rely on a referee making the decision.
'We've done what we've done well all season. We've thrown away leads. I apologise to the supporters for the way that happened. I thought the overall performance for 50 minutes, until we shot ourselves in the foot, was pretty good.'
The gaffer goes on to say he's not hiding behind anything because he knows exactly where we stand at this moment in time, but his overriding obsession at the end of the game was 'we've found another way of losing from a winning position. We were the better team but we've lost.'
With three games remaining he knows he can talk all day long about changing our attitude, but the bottom line is we need to go into the Easter Monday fixture against Mansfield and then the two that remain against Rochdale and Dagenham and Redbridge, with the exact same attitude as we had for 50 minutes before we imploded, self destructed, shot ourselves in the foot - delete as preferred.
'We just need to get some points. It's our fault we keep shooting ourselves, that we don't defend properly. They've done nothing to us and we're bitterly disappointed. But we're not throwing stuff around, we'll go to Mansfield and try to put it right.'
If we finish strongly now, we can still gain a few places, but all three points would've done wonders for how close we are to those who could potentially occupy the final relegation spot.
Finishing strongly and not ending with a whimper now has to be the aim, as it probably has been for a few matches now.