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Yates looking forward to Wembley date

18 May 2012 06:17:01

Yates looking forward to Wembley date

Cheltenham boss Mark Yates is relishing next Sunday's npower League Two play-off final showdown with Crewe after his side secured a 4-1 aggregate win over Torquay.

Marlon Pack's brilliant 87th-minute free-kick sealed a 2-1 win on the night at Plainmoor after Gulls sub Taiwo Atieno had cancelled out Jermaine McGlashan's 75th-minute opener. Having spent much of the first half on the back foot, Yates lavished praised on his players, who took control when the hosts ran out of steam after the interval.

"Torquay gave us some scares in the first half," said Yates. "They were excellent but overall I think we deserved to go through and now we have got Crewe at Wembley to look forward to."

He added: "We made it hard work for ourselves in the first half, Torquay were excellent. Scott Brown made some important saves for us and he has shown how he has improved as a keeper.

"I am proud of the whole club and all the supporters, especially those who have travelled down to be with us here. They have been fantastic and deserve their big day out at Wembley."

Cheltenham have now won five of their last six matches with the only defeat in that time coming against Crewe, who completed the league double over their final opponents with a 1-0 triumph at the Abbey Business Stadium last month.

Yates added: "Crewe have beaten us twice and will fancy their chances but it's exciting for us and we will let this sink in over the weekend and then do our homework on Crewe and it's back to work on Monday."

Torquay made it back-to-back failures in the play-offs, having lost last season's final to Stevenage at Old Trafford.

United manager Martin Ling said: "My feelings are pretty raw and I have told the players I am proud of every one of them.

"I feel we have had a right good go at it this season and it has just not come into fruition at the end. In the first half we have battered Cheltenham and done everything but score a goal and then second half we sort of died away."


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