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Yates: We were not good enough

Mark Yates cut a frustrated figure after watching Cheltenham's 11-match unbeaten run come to an end with 2-1 loss to Mansfield.

Anthony Howell put the visitors ahead with a shot from the edge of the area after 21 minutes before striker Matt Rhead powered home a header from a corner in first-half stoppage time.

Cheltenham improved after the break but all they could show for their efforts was a Sido Jombati goal four minutes from time as the Stags triumphed 2-1 to end their 13-match winless league run.

"It's the first time in a couple of months that we have not been good enough," Robins boss Yates admitted.

"They have come and done a job on us and stopped us playing but we didn't help ourselves by not moving the ball quick enough.

"We had plenty of chances first half but we have gifted them a second goal and 46 minutes is a bad time to concede.

"We have come out (in the second half) intending to have a right go but it didn't really materialise and we probably got what we deserved. We have not got into any sort of pattern or tempo.

"From the first minute we knew what it was going to be like - it was just a frustrating afternoon. They have played their game and we have got outfought and outbattled - and that doesn't happen too often.

"But we have been in decent form and one defeat in 11 isn't going to defer us from what we are trying to do."