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Yates: As Positive As We Can Be

10 December 2012

Mark Yates believes the players confidence will have been boosted by the Robins comeback on Saturday.

Mark Yates speaking to the media ahead of Tuesday's FA Cup trip to Hereford United:

"I think the way we came back on Saturday and the way the game panned out would have certainly boosted confidence levels and the belief in the squad will just be re-iterated. I think it was a really good comeback after a poor start.

"We'll put the balls back in the hat and see what players and formation we pick out for tomorrow. The usual process, we'll see what comes out of the hat and go from there.

"A few players have given me real food for thought, there were some quality performances on Saturday. We did change it a little bit but I do like my tried and trusted system, particularly away from home, we've set that up for Northampton in-particular, but we'll see how we go.

"I don't know if Jeff Goulding will be available tomorrow, like I said Saturday he got a kick and a bit of a swelling on the back of his knee. The physio is with him now and we'll take it from there.

"I can't predict what Hereford are going to do, they had a good win again on Friday night with some good performances from what I'm led to believe from their big players. We have to concentrate on ourselves like we normally try and do and go and be as good as we can possibly be, better than we were for the majority of Monday night. I thought we were the better team but credit to them they shut up shop on us in the second half and they kept everything in front of us. I say better team, we played too much in front of them, we had better possession, does that make us the better team? Probably not.

"I listened to the commentary from their game against Barrow. They're a good side and they've got some powerful players. They gave one or two of them a breather on Friday by the looks of it. I expect to be confronted by pretty much the same team that started against us. We know what they're about, we just need to make sure that we play for the 90 minutes like we did for the first 15 against them last week. When we were on top, creating all the chances and looked like we had a threat in us. For the rest of the game we were too pedestrian. The goal gave them a lift and we've got to go there and be as good as we can be and as positive as we can be.

"I think we approach it in pretty much the same way. Hopefully the performance that we put in and Hereford put in will just sharpen the players minds up. There's no way we're going to take them anything other than majorly serious. They're a good side with good players and we have to be on top of our game. We have to make sure we're solid, we have to make sure we try and play the way we want to play with a bit of tempo, but sides don't always let you.

"Penalties are something we have thought about. We try and cover every eventuality as a manager. We don't want the game to go to penalties, that said if we're a goal down after 119 minutes we would gladly take penalties. Do we have a little practice today? We'll see, I'll ask a couple of the senior players what they want to do and we'll be guided by that. We've got to try and cover every eventuality but ideally we don't want it to go to penalties.

"We haven't had a lot of penalties but I've got people that are more than capable of stepping up and smashing it in from 12 yards."

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