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Mark Yates reacts to Gateshead draw
*The Moors boss couldn't hide his disappointment after the 2-2 draw - by Luke Turner*
PUBLISHED: 14th Mar 18

Solihull Moors manager Mark Yates gave an honest and raw reflection after his team conceded in the final few seconds against 10-man Gateshead to see victory snatched from them.

Substitute Chris Lait thought he’d won it for the Moors with just minutes remaining, but Wes York’s strike deflected in off Kyle Storer to send the visitor’s home feeling like two points had been dropped.

Speaking a few minutes after the final whistle, Yates said: “I’m fuming, absolutely fuming with the ending to that game and with the way we’ve let them back in the game.

“We could’ve won that game 15-2 and we should never have conceded two goals. We have had chance after chance after chance.

“I’m not having that, I’m gutted. So much of our play was so good, but to let two goals in and the manner of it (the last one), it’s why we are where we are.

“I’m fuming, absolutely fuming to be fair.”

And the message to his players once they’d re-taken the lead couldn’t have been any clearer.

“Win the game, see it out,” The boss continued.

“We’re playing 10 men and don’t get me wrong, they’re a good side. They’ve not hurt us all game, but we’ve had chance after chance – in the end we’re trying to walk things in.

“We thought that George (Carline) might just make something happen, toe poke or something and Laity gets on the end of a tap in – perfect after we dug ourselves in a little hole after conceding the first goal.

“Then we go and do the goal again and wow what a goal. Not what we’re about, everything’s wrong about it.”

Despite Solihull dominating for large periods against the 10-men of Gateshead, Yates couldn’t sugar-coat his feelings when addressing his players at full-time.

“There’s no point me going in there and milking it and going ‘well done lads’. They know how well they played but we’ve not won a game. We’ve not won a game when we had a chance tonight to get out of the bottom four.

“At this moment in time, those players need to take a long hard look at themselves at the top end of the pitch and for the two goals we’ve conceded.

“They’ve been brilliant, don’t get me wrong. I am delighted with 98% of our game today. Even when they had 11 men for 15 minutes at the start of the game, we bossed it.

“We were excellent. We had chances. I am just really disappointed, really fuming. The supporters made a big trip up and for us to just do that, they care in there but I’m just disappointed.”

Moors host Torquay United at the Automated Technology Group Stadium on Saturday in a game that they must now lift themselves for after late disappointment at the International Stadium.

Yates said: “We’ve got to pick ourselves up again. It’s the next game of the season, it’s our biggest game of the season because it’s the next one – no other reason.

“We just have to make sure we’re at it on Saturday and we will be. We have to make sure that we finish our chances and keep a clean sheet.

“Max (O’Leary) has had nothing to do apart from pick the ball out of the net twice. The one in the 93rd minute is ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous from the position that we were in.

“But, like I said, 98% of the game was outstanding. I’m just really disappointed with the 2% that cost us.

“From where we were when we took over, we’ve come a long way but my standards are higher than that and the players have to be the same.”

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