Yates unhappy with poor start

Mark Yates said Cheltenham paid for a poor start which saw their gameplan fall by the wayside in the 2-0 defeat at Rochdale.

The visitors were two down after 16 minutes thanks to Peter Vincenti's 10-yard strike and a close range Ian Henderson effort.

It could have been worse for Cheltenham had Craig Braham-Barrett not cleared George Donnelly's shot off the line.

Though the visitors shored things up defensively after that dreadful opening, they barely tested Josh Lillis in the Rochdale goal and Yates was unhappy at the slow start.

"They proved what a decent side they are on the day, and it was all about them," he said. "They started really well and we had no answers to them. We were probably guilty of not starting as well as we should have and they ran out comfortable winners in the end.

"It was an awful start. We thought we might just be able to frustrate them but it was powder puff play from us down the middle of the pitch for the two goals we conceded. They broke through us too many times and the first couple of times they made us pay. In the end they won at a canter."