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Mark Yates hails 'outstanding' Cheltenham Town

31 March 2014

Mark Yates hailed his hard-working Cheltenham Town players after they racked up a seventh away win of the season - two more than they have achieved on home soil.

Jermaine McGlashan scored the only goal of the game at Hartlepool United, turning in from close range with 16 minutes to go.

Both the Robins and Pools are entrenched in mid-table, with no chance of the Play-Offs for either side.

And for long periods it showed. The closest the visitors went to scoring before the goal came when David Noble curled a shot against the inside of the post.

But it was some firm and organised defending kept Pools at arm's length.

"I thought it was a really good game of football, two good teams trying to play the right way. I was pleased with many aspects of it,'' admitted Yeates.

"We started with a midfield diamond and it works for Hartlepool. They were getting in there and we felt we needed to change.

"There was some really outstanding performances and, at the end when we had taken the lead, some blocks when we needed them.

"The players put things right that were wrong on Tuesday against Scunthorpe. There was a bit of everything there and the lads produced when it mattered.''

He added: "The performance was solid, hard-working, but really good at times. Both teams tried to play a bit, but we frustrated them when we changed the system around.

"I thought they had a seven/eight minute spell in the second half which we saw out and coped with.

"It was great, really pleasing overall.''

Pools went closest to scoring when Jack Compton put a free header wide of the post, while their best chance of a leveller came when Christian Burgess's goalbound shot was headed away by teammate Luke James.

Pools have lost three in a row, two at Victoria Park this week.

"It's a very frustrating afternoon on the back of a disappointing week really," boss Colin Cooper said. "I'm looking at home to the players and some of the younger ones looked like they were giving everything they had left.

"Cheltenham were worried enough to change shape to counter us, but we were a bit short, just short.

"The players who are creative and crafty were a bit short. We huffed and puffed and their keeper makes saves and blocks, were looked after the game with crosses and shots, but the one goal they scored from is a nothing ball into our box.

"I'm disappointed and frustrated and a bit frustrated that three defeats in a week shows where we effectively are.

"I said after the game that you can tell the lads who have been around the block didn't look like it was a stretch for them.''

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