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Mark Yates reacts to Spennymoor defeat
*'For the supporters that travelled up, I can only apologise' - by Luke Turner*
PUBLISHED: 13th Jan 18

Solihull Moors manager Mark Yates gave a brutally honest assessment of his team’s performance, as they exited the Buildbase FA Trophy after a 2-0 defeat at Spennymoor Town.

Goals either side of half-time were enough to win the game for the hosts, as Yates admitted that his side were given a ‘wake-up call’.

He said: “We went up to Barrow a couple of weeks ago and somebody came in the office and said ‘your boys wanted it more than ours’ and do you know what, I think that’s what’s summed it up today.

“They (Spennymoor) wanted it more than ours and we didn’t do what we’ve been doing of late. For the supporters that travelled up, I can only apologise – it was disappointing for them.

“I’m almost glad it’s happened today and not next Saturday. It might be a little wake-up call. I’ve praised the boys before and I’ve praised them for all the games we’ve been in charge of for their attitude and application, their endeavour and today we got outworked.

“We got outfought, we got outran, we got out tackled. It was a battle against their team and we lost the battle today in every sense.

“They played better football than us, they had more efforts on goal than us- they did everything better than us today.”

Yates was desperate to see The Moors progress into the next round, but had no complaints at the final score line – the manager believed that Spennymoor were fully deserved of their victory.

“Sometimes you have to hold your hands up. We didn’t play the conditions well, we were trying tippy tappy football on a pitch that’s not suited for that.

“They mixed it up really well and caused us problems. Like I say, I have no problems. They more than deserved to win the game.

“We didn’t do enough to get anything out of the game today and they were worthy winners. We have to go back next week and start again, it’s a little wake-up call to the realisation of where we are.

“The league is the important one but that said, today was the important one as well. We wanted to get through, we were desperate to get through, keep our run going and put in another good performance.

“Today we didn’t hit anywhere near our levels and got what we deserved out of the game to be fair.

“I can’t really remember us having too many efforts at goal. We let the conditions and the pitch affect us – we did the wrong things on the surface it was. They caused us problems and fair play to that.”

Full attention now focuses back on Moors’ Vanarama National League campaign, with Woking visiting the Automated Technology Group Stadium next Saturday. Yates insists that his team must do better if they are to bounce back from today’s disappointment.

“It’s a big game because it’s the next one. We’ve got to win some games and be a damn sight better than today,” He continued.

“We’ve huffed and puffed, we’re chasing the game in the last 10 or 15 minutes and we’re still not getting the ball in the box. You’ve sometimes got to play the conditions and we didn’t do enough to even warrant getting anything out of the game.”

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