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Mark Yates hails Cheltenham Town striker Byron Harrison

19 March 2014

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates praised the finishing of leading scorer Byron Harrison after he came off the bench to help his side claim a share of the points against Wycombe Wanderers.

The former AFC Wimbledon striker has been struggling with an ankle injury and the Robins boss is now looking forward to having him play a full 90 minutes.

"It was a great goal,`` said Yates. ``We had been talking about getting balls in the box and it was a great finish from Byron.

"Sido [Jombati] delivered a great cross and it was nice to see Byron put it in the net. He is not 100 per cent at the minute and we wanted him to come on and make an impact. He made a big impact on Saturday and we knew he would again.

"He is always going to give us a boost because he is a big player for us. Hopefully he has a chance of being ready for Saturday."

Harrison headed his side into a 68th-minute lead but Wycombe levelled from the penalty spot 11 minutes from time.

Yates added: "Once we were 1-0 up we should have been winning the game but unfortunately we haven't. We were probably in our purple patch when they scored so it's disappointing.

"It was bumpy and bobbly and not pretty but the effort was there. There were plenty of good things but we've just not seen it out. But that's five games unbeaten."

Substitute Dean Morgan fired in the vital Wycombe penalty but the visitors had earlier opportunities to take the lead, including a Steven Craig shot that hit the post.

But manager Gareth Ainsworth was delighted with the point.

"We fought hard," he said. "We had some great chances before Cheltenham nicked a goal and I have to admit our heads dropped.

"But they have done fantastic to get back in the game and it is a real building block for us. It is a great point away from home, although I think we could have won the game.

"The players have some courage and they have some fight in them - they know that the spirit at the club will never die. In years gone by we would have lost that game but not today, the lads gave everything for me.

"There are a few knocks - Matt McClure and Stevie Craig have both come off with hamstring tweaks so we will have to address that. Stevie is a tenacious striker and the only thing he didn't do was score and he was as gutted as anyone to miss that chance.

"Everyone is keeping the faith and I'm looking forward to this run-in now. We need to get something out of Rochdale - it's going to be a tough game but we're looking forward to it."


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