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League Two

Pass masters please Yates

9 September 2012

Manager Mark Yates was encouraged by Cheltenham's pass and move philosophy as they recovered from going behind to secure a 1-1 draw at Wycombe.

The Robins bounced back after Keith Lowe's own goal early on to dominate for long stretches of the match. They deservedly drew level through Shaun Harrad's penalty but despite all their possession, they could not break through in the second half.

However, the manner of the performance pleased Yates following their 3-0 defeat to Accrington last weekend. He said: "I told the boys to go out and pass the ball because against Aldershot and Accrington we didn't produce the football we can play.

"We needed to pass and take responsibility for keeping the ball and we did just that. I thought we knocked the ball around superbly well. We just didn't quite have the finishing touch but that will come and there were a lot of pleasing things this week, as opposed to where we were last week.

"We conceded a goal when they broke on us from our corner and it looked like the way things went last week were running into this week. But we steadied ourselves down because we knew we didn't have just two minutes to save it and the difference was startling in terms of the passes we made."

Wycombe boss Gary Waddock bemoaned his side's luck with injuries after losing Dennis Oli and Matthew Spring during the game.

"Without a shadow of a doubt that's a point gained but consider what we've had to put up with over the last two weeks in terms of injuries," Waddock said.

"It happened again with us losing two players during the course of the game and what we've had to deal with is a credit to the players to come away with a point.

"We needed to grind it out because they had long spells of possession and they're a very, very good side but we've lost a lot of players in the early part of the season.

"When you consider the team we put out against York on the opening day, what we put out was a very different side. We've had to deal with that and the players deserve a lot of credit to grind out a result because Mark has put together a very good side."


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