Mark Yates 'responsible' for Cheltenham's Trophy exit

Mark Yates
Yates' side are third in League Two and side just six points off the top spot

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates says he takes responsibility for Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy exit.

They lost 2-0 to Barnet in the area quarter-finals with Yates making seven changes from the side that beat Bradford in League Two on Saturday.

"I'll hold my hands up and take responsibility as the team I picked was wrong," he told BBC Gloucestershire.

"We were hopeless. We didn't compete well. We didn't win enough headers and that's not what we're about."

He added: "We went to Bradford on Saturday and we were outstanding and doing everything well. Today [Tuesday] was the complete opposite."

Cheltenham have been in impressive form in the league and are now in the automatic promotion spots having won six of their last seven games.

And they had been showing the same success in the Trophy as well after wins over Wycombe and Torquay, in which Yates utilised several fringe players.

"It's been a good way of getting people games and keeping them active," continued Yates.

"Only [goalkeeper] Scott Brown and Sido [Jombati, defender] have come out with any credit and that's not good enough.

"It shows me in hindsight that I made too many changes. They're good players but we didn't show it tonight. I expect better as the standards are better in the squad.

"We know we are a lot better than that and we've got to go again on Saturday."