Yates settles for Town’s point

Terry Gornell in action for Cheltenham. Picture: Joe Pepler
Terry Gornell in action for Cheltenham. Picture: Joe Pepler

Mark Yates felt his Cheltenham side were worthy of at least a point as they settled for a 0-0 draw at Fratton Park.

The Robins boss was delighted with his side’s first-half display.

And then he was honest enough to accept Pompey had been the better side after the break as his men claimed what he called a ‘valuable point’.

Yates said: ‘I thought we were excellent in the first half.

‘It was probably a nine-out-of-10 performance in the first half. We were just missing a goal.

‘It was an away performance and we had one chance in the whole game in the first half. We passed the ball really well and were competitive.

‘We looked organised and we looked dangerous.

‘We just didn’t get the goal we probably deserved.

‘In the second half, we had to withstand a lot more pressure.

‘We weren’t quite as good – probably a seven out of 10.

‘But every point is valuable in this league at the moment. It’s so tight.

‘It was important we didn’t come here and get beaten and it’s important we try to get a little run going.

‘We can be reasonably pleased with our efforts.’

Yates was also happy to keep a bumper crowd relatively quiet.

He said: ‘We talked about dealing with the crowd and we kept them really quiet for 70 minutes because of the way we were playing.

‘Once they started being a bit more direct, they got a little bit more joy.

‘But bar one scramble, I thought we were pretty comfortable.

‘I thought we had opportunities to do better with a few things.

‘We passed the ball really well but lacked the killer touch.

‘I think they could say that and a draw was probably a fair result.

‘In the first half we edged it. In the second, they edged it towards the end.’

– STEVE WILSON