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Yates: "We Have To Be Better"

18 September 2018

Mark Yates has said that he “can’t keep talking about mistakes” in matche,s following defeat at the hands of league leaders Lincoln City on Saturday. 

Despite Jamie Grimes equalising with only minutes to go, Lincoln captain Jason Shackell stole all three points for The Imps at the death.

However, the Manager insisted that the team will keep working hard to get it right. 

It was not good enough in the first half” admitted Yates speaking after the match. 

“In the second half we had a go, but we’ve worked hard all week and our attitudes been spot on.

"First-half we didn’t look committed and we didn’t look interested, we didn’t work hard enough, and I don’t want that said about my team.

“I thought there was very little in the game, they’re a very good side and we knew that, but they didn’t do anything to us apart from mistakes we made for ourselves - but we can’t keep talking about that we’ve got a team that’s good enough not to make mistakes and I think if we do make mistakes we deal with it.”

“It was an awful goal to give away, we made a couple of changes in the second half and had a really good go - but then we concede from a set-piece.

“The focus that I’ve seen on training wasn’t there today and we didn’t respond in the right way -we’ve got to be better than that. 

“Now, we’ve got to keep working and keep drilling information into people. We’ll analyse everything, and we’ll talk as staff and as a playing group to try and get to the bottom of it because we’ve got to be better than we are.

“I believe in the group and I believe we can get better - we’ve got to make sure we work hard next week to get better.”

It’s been a difficult start to life in Sky Bet League Two for The Silkmen and Yates understands the frustration the fans are feeling.

However, Mark has said that the players need the fans’ backing now more than ever as Macc turn their attentions to Saturday’s trip to Morecambe. 

“I absolutely understand the fans’ frustration but like I said in my programme notes the lads need the fans more than ever now and to get behind them like they already do.

“They’re venting their frustration out in other areas and I get that, but now I’ve got to win their trust to win them over.

“It’s a big game on Saturday but one, if we apply ourselves correctly, where we can go out there and get ourselves a result.”

By Andrew Gate

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