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Priceless three points - Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates

1 March 2014

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates said his team's response to falling behind was the key to their 2-1 home victory over Bury.

They hit back quickly after Clive Platt's opener for the visitors with Ashley Vincent and Byron Harrison grabbing the goals and Yates was delighted with the character on show, especially after Tuesday's 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Chesterfield.

"It's a priceless three points for us and I thought we got what we deserved, the lads showed tremendous character after Tuesday night," he said.

"I don't think Scott Brown (goalkeeper) has had a shot to save. Their system gets them on the ball, but we stuck at it and the reason we won is the way we responded to going behind.

"It was a poor goal to concede, but to score so quickly told me a lot about the players and I am happy for them.

"We cleared the air on Wednesday morning and the boys showed their spirit. Jermaine McGlashan was a constant threat when we got him in the game and Byron Harrison came on and made a real difference.

"Ashley Vincent was good throughout and there were lots of good things."

Bury boss David Flitcroft was left to rue a lack of cutting edge as his side's fine run was brought to an end at the Abbey Business Stadium.

The visitors opened the scoring in the 16th minute when Daniel Nardiello skipped past Steve Elliott and squared to Platt, who tapped in from close range.

But their lead lasted for less than two minutes, with Vincent racing onto Jamie Cureton's pass and beating Brian Jensen with a shot inside the bottom right corner.

Jensen made a fine reaction stop to keep out Harrison's header but he was beaten with eight minutes left as McGlashan's fine run and cross on the right was touched in by Harrison for his 12th of the season.

"We have to make sure we are more clinical because we should have left this building with at least a draw," Flitcroft said.

"We haven't and we won't live in the past, we just have to learn from it. We'll regroup and prepare for the Rochdale game.

"The first goal for them energised them. If we'd stayed in front for a few more minutes it could have been different. For 20 minutes in the second half they couldn't get the ball of us, but you have to score in that time or the possession means nothing.

"We weren't ruthless enough in front of goal, which we were on Tuesday night. With the way we build and play through the pitch, we'll be all right.

"Clive Platt doesn't get the goals his workrate deserves, but it was a decent day's work for him."


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