Solihull have given their National League survival hopes a huge boost in recent weeks with victories over Barrow and Maidenhead whilst also picking up a point at leaders Macclesfield Town.
However, they were beaten 2-0 at National League North high-flyers Spennymoor on Saturday after a lacklustre performance.
Yates’ men return to League action next Saturday when they host Woking and the boss hopes his side have learnt their lesson.
“We went up to Barrow a couple of weeks ago and somebody came in the office and said ‘your boys wanted it more than ours’ and do you know what, I think that’s what’s summed it up today,” he told the club’s website.
“They (Spennymoor) wanted it more than ours and we didn’t do what we’ve been doing of late. For the supporters that travelled up, I can only apologise – it was disappointing for them.
“I’m almost glad it’s happened today and not next Saturday. It might be a little wake-up call.
“We got outfought, we got outran, we got out tackled. It was a battle against their team and we lost the battle today in every sense.”
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