Yates proud of Cup efforts

Cheltenham boss Mark Yates was delighted with his team's fight despite being crushed by Everton in the FA Cup.

Last Updated: 07/01/13 at 22:51 Post Comment

Mark Yates: Unhappy with an FA Cup exit but satisfied with players

Mark Yates: Unhappy with an FA Cup exit but satisfied with players

Nikica Jelavic, a Leighton Baines penalty and Leon Osman's rifled third had the visitors cruising after the break, but the League Two side swiftly hit back with a smart finish by Russell Penn to give them a glimmer of hope.

Seamus Coleman and Marouane Fellaini settled any nerves for the Premier League side as they completed a 5-1 rout and set up a fourth-round clash with Bolton or Sunderland.

"Two goals took a bit out of our sails," Yates said. "I was proud of our efforts. We responded well and tried to play. Everton were too strong a team and were too good for us.

"Everton picked a strong a team and that was a compliment. It showed the class they have. They gave us respect and the competition some respect.

"We played some decent football without getting behind them. We started to after the interval but then they scored. We just shot ourselves in the foot with the timing of the goals.

"There are things we could have done better but our commitment and work-rate was excellent. We can now concentrate on a 21-game season where we can cement our place in the top three and get promotion."

Penn was the pick of the Cheltenham players and his boss was relieved to see him finally get on the scoresheet.

"I'm delighted for him," Yates added. "One thing he's been lacking is a goal. Hopefully that can kick start his season."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

B

enteke is an absolute steal for £32.5m, he would get into any team in the world (except Barcelona) at the moment. I've seen many very good strikers in my 30+ years as a Villa fan. This guy is the best without question.

sparkigol
Benteke's £32.5m release clause

A

ll he wants are sharks with frickin lazers on their heads. Is that too much to ask?

mufc phil
Bomb threat on FIFA D-day

W

hy is the dinosaur trying to hold on to this.... Just leave... No one wants you in this position you corrupt loser. Let someone else take over....

arsenal121
Defiant Sepp blames minority

Footer 365

Angry FIFA president Sepp Blatter hits out at 'hate campaign'

Newly-elected FIFA president Sepp Blatter has launched an attack on the US justice authorities and English media.

Sepp Blatter: I'm still the man to solve FIFA's problems

Sepp Blatter has insisted he is "still the man" to lead FIFA after winning a fifth presidential term.

Rio Ferdinand announces his retirement from football

Rio Ferdinand has announced his retirement from professional football.

Mail Box

Players Must Stand Up For Qatar Boycott

Players, not bureaucrats, hold the key to boycotting Qatar. Also in the afternoon mailbox: Wenger is right to rotate, Zlatan can dribble, and it's Barca v Ajax in the budget final...

What Would You Do If You Were Blatter?

Step into Sepp's shoes, is the invitation from one mailboxer. Also: United already have their new number one, Rodgers deserves time, and the best Budget XI so far...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company