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Yates: A Tough Test

20 August 2012

Mark Yates is anticipating a hard fought game at Plainmoor tomorrow evening.

Mark Yates speaking to the press ahead of tomorrow night's away game v. Torquay United (7.45pm):

"We were delighted with the three points on Saturday and the performance was decent enough without being spectacular. It was a clean sheet and there were many, many positives but we are still bedding in new players and it's all about getting back to winning matches on a consecutive basis again and that's the plan tomorrow.

"We asked for a performance and good work rate and I think we got that. The performance culminated in a couple of good goals and we could have had a few more but there is still loads to work on. We have to be better with the ball and we can also be better defensively but we want to keep improving as a team and as individuals. It's a long time to go yet but we have made a pleasant start.

"I don't think Stevey (Elliott) needed the armband on Saturday. He is a leader and a no nonsense defender and he leads by his own actions. Marlon handed the captaincy superbly and it's nice to have a young captain. He has a good head on his shoulders and I felt the extra responsibility would do him the world of good. 

"Alan Bennett is not fit for tomorrow night. Harry Hooman was outstanding on Saturday and I wouldn't change the team even if someone had become available. They all put in a great shift for me and Harry Hooman deserves to start on Tuesday night and he will. I think he is the perfect foil for both Steve Elliott and Alan Bennett. After Saturday's performance I am not worried in the slightest. Keith Lowe can consider himself a little unlucky but at this moment we have decided that Harry is the one.

"Mo has a chance of being fit in three weeks time but he won't be involved tomorrow night. Everyone is fit and ready to go. We've probably had more injuries in the first week than we did in the whole of last season but we just have to get on with it.

"We'll have to be on our guard tomorrow night. Their fans, management and players may be baying for blood and want revenge but we'll need to be cool, calm and collected. We know it's a tough place to go but we also know we're capable of going there and getting something from the game. They are a good side side and Martin (Ling) is a good manager. They got a good point at the weekend but it's a game we're looking forward to. It'll be a tough game."

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