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Mark Yates reacts to Sutton United defeat
*'We're bitterly disappointed that we haven't got something out of the game' - by Luke Turner*
PUBLISHED: 10th Mar 18

Mark Yates felt that his side matched second-placed Sutton United in every department, despite slipping to a narrow defeat at Gander Green Lane.

Tom Bolarinwa’s acrobatic finish in the first-half was the difference between the two sides as The Moors put in a manful display.

The Solihull Moors boss said: “I’m bitterly disappointed that we’ve not got anything from the game, to be fair. This is a really tough place to come; they’re flying – particularly here.

“They ask questions of you and 99% of the time, we dealt with everything. We didn’t even switch off (for the goal), we didn’t quite get the set piece right and they scored.

“We’ve just not managed to get back into the game. It shows how far we’ve come that we’re bitterly disappointed and the boys are angry in there that we haven’t got something out of the game.

“Unfortunately a bit of movement caused us a problem and it shouldn’t have done. It wasn’t a good ball in; the lad has just kept it alive and it’s a good finish to be fair.”

And Yates was convinced that his players should’ve walked away with something from the game and insisted that not playing for two-and-a-half weeks didn’t have an impact.

“It was a game we should’ve got something out of. It’s not about where we are today; it’s about where we are in 11 games time,” The manager continued.

“I thought that we were great. We competed with them, had a few chances and they were moaning – they were only moaning because we gave them such a tough time.

“They’re good at keeping leads and unfortunately we couldn’t get something back. I don’t think us having a break is anything to do with it.

“We trained really well and the lead up to the game was great, so that’s not a problem on our part.”

The game saw 10 yellow cards, with two of those resulting in a sending off for Moors forward Adi Yussuf – a decision that Yates didn’t agree with.

“I think both benches didn’t quite know what was happening with some of the decisions and all we want is clarity.

“I trust my players and Adi got sent off for a second yellow card where the referee said he deliberately handled the ball. He swears that he didn’t and there we ten bodies in the box, the ball was bouncing around.

“I think Jamie Collins has handled it, then it might’ve hit Adi’s hand but it certainly wasn’t a deliberate attempt to score a goal with his hand.

“It’s a strange one but I don’t think the official covered himself in glory today.”

A long trip to Gateshead is next up for Solihull this coming Tuesday, which provides the team with an opportunity to bounce back from their disappointment against The U’s.

Yates said: “We’ll be in on Monday to see who’s in what state and get ready to go. They’re a good side, we know that but we’ve got to go up there with the same commitment, same work rate, same endeavour and hopefully a little bit more quality in certain areas.

“We got into some good positions today and didn’t quite get that final ball where we should’ve done. Hopefully we can go and get a positive result.”

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