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23 January 2016

We lacked desire, admits manager after 2-1 defeat at Yeovil

Manager Mark Yates was hugely disappointed with his side after they slumped to a 2-1 defeat at lowly Yeovil in Sky Bet League Two.

After a fifth successive away defeat the boss admitted that the better side won.

“It pains me to say it, but I felt at times today we lacked that bit of desire. That is something I haven’t had to say too often this season and I have told the players I won't accept a repeat.

“They wanted it more than us. We set up to be solid and hard to break down and I thought we were for the first 30 minutes. We changed shape a bit to make us more of a threat in the final third and 

we probably had the two best chances of the first half.

“But if I’m honest I could see their first goal coming. They started the second half far more brightly than us and then the lad has hit a great goal from distance for 2-0. I felt we could have done better defensively with both their goals.

“I’m pleased for Lee Barnard to get his first goal and I thought young Callum (Preston) in goal was excellent but overall that is not good enough for us.

“We had words about it afterwards and we will review it properly on Monday and then move on but we can’t afford too many more performances like that and I can assure our supporters, who paid good money to back their team today, that there won’t be.”

Watch the boss's post-match interview

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