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Yates: We Want To Win

9 August 2012

Mark Yates believes he has still more work ahead but is aiming for win in the cup this weekend.

Mark Yates speaking ahead of this weekend's Capital One Cup round one clash with MK Dons:

"Myself and the Chairman thought it was a good idea at the time to have MK Dons this weekend but I'm not so sure now.We will deal with it and we are ready for some competitive action but we couldn't have picked a tougher game! It is a strange one playing a cup tie before the league even starts.

"We ideally need another week of pre-season but the players have worked hard and there has been plenty of good work. We had three very good opponents at Whaddon Road during pre-season and we have learnt from all three of those games. The players are looking forward to a game where the result means something. The players know it's close and they have been working their socks off every day and fitness levels are nearly there. It's all about sharpening them up and completing the finer details.

"This week has been about putting the flesh on those bones that we have already started to build.

"It was good to see Shaun score on Tuesday as it's always a good thing that your strikers are scoring goals and Chris Zebroski has looked a real handful wherever we play him. I'm happy with where we are but we do need a goalkeeper and I'll make a decision on that one by the weekend. I'd also like one more between now and the end of the window. I can pick more than a decent eleven but we will wait for the right player if we think we can get him. We'll do what is right.

"Jeff (Goulding) has a cut on his ankle which quite sore so he probably won't train today but he will do tomorrow. The likelihood of Jordan Hibbert being involved is remote as we would need international clearance but that is something I will approach over the next few days.

"I expect MK Dons to have more quality than they did last season. We improved dramatically after playing them last season and the game will be a good guide for us. They like to get the ball down and pass it but we will be aiming to cause them problems. I suppose there is a little less pressure with it not being a league game but we want to beat them. Ultimately we will use it for our fitness levels ahead of the new league campaign."

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