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Yates - Stanley Will Be Stronger

30 August 2012

Mark Yates anticipating a difficult 90 minutes against Accrington Stanley.

Mark Yates speaking to the media ahead of this weekend's clash v. Accrington Stanley:

"We tried to arrange a reserve game yesterday which was unfortunately called off because of the torrential rain we had but that's no problem. We're trying to make up for that today with the boys that haven't played. We have had a full on six or seven weeks but it has been done in the hope that we get things right now. We had a little breather on Monday after two tough away trips and it was the right time to give the boys a long weekend. We're back in preparing properly for Accrington today.

"We have made a pleasing start but there is plenty of work to do and we know we can improve. We're happy enough with the start we have made but we'll get our heads down and work hard towards picking up points.

"Everyone is fit and will work hard today but the players that haven't played will have a little more to do. We have just been talking about what team we pick and, although we haven't got the biggest squad in the world, we have a pretty decent one and I'm happy to use any of them.The team is doing okay but it isn't picking itself because of the competition waiting in the wings.

"Alan Bennett hasn't played for a few weeks and Harry Hooman has been outstanding so I didn't see any reason to rush Alan back. I didn't think he was 100% last weekend and I certainly didn't think he was match fit but it would have been tough on Harry to have left him out having won four points. We think we manager people well at this club and we have a fantastic medical team downstairs who make the players as fit as they possibly can be. We do not rush players and if there is a doubt then they won't be involved. For the moment Harry and Stevey have done well.

"Accrington have made a good start. I know Paul (Cook) well and he's a good lad. It'll be a good game on Saturday and they have made a decent enough start but they came back down to earth with a bang. He know it's a long season and he'll have them well prepared for Saturday. They'll be coming here to get something and teams like Accrington play with no fear and we must match them.

"Different opposition give you different problems so it's up to us to deal with them and play our own game. Perhaps one little criticism of last week was that we didn't really impose ourselves enough on the game but it's early days and the most pleasing thing was our resilience and the three points.

"Everyone should be on the training ground today. I have a brilliant physio and he does a lot with the group ensuring that injuries get the best treatment they can.

"I had a chat with the Chairman yesterday and I don't see anything happening before the transfer window closes. We are pretty much at full strength in terms of fitness and we don't need to be bringing anyone in that won't get into the team. In a week's time that may be different but I expect a quiet few days. We have a job to do Saturday followed by games against Wycombe, Southend and Oxford and that is our main focus. We are always out watching games and players but for the moment we won't be doing a great deal."

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