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Yates: Nullify Gillingham

5 November 2012

Mark Yates looking to nullify Gillingham's threats tomorrow night.

Mark Yates speaking to the press ahead of tomorrow night's npower League Two clash with Gillingham:

"The whole of last week worked out well for us. We got some work into the boys that were playing at the weekend and we got a breather into one or two as well. We hoped we would have enough from the team on Saturday and so it proved but it also kept a few players like Marlon (Pack) and Zebs ticking over. We are ready and we're in good shape going into a tough game.

"We'll see how Darren Carter and Steve Elliott are but we won't obviously force them back. Steve would have been involved on Saturday bar a sickness bug and we'll need to see how Darren is. Lawson D'Ath has a bit of swelling on his knee and he won't be available tomorrow night. He has gone back to Reading this morning to get a diagnosis so hopefully it's nothing too bad and he'll be back playing for us very soon.

"It's another game and a great one to be involved with against a team at the top of the table. I'm sure they have a good budget and I know they have some good players to which the manager has added real quality this season. We want to catch them and be up there with them. They have had a fantastic start to the season and all credit to them for that. We'll be wary of them but we've also got to go and play our game too.

"I'm sure Gillingham can spring surprises but we concentrate on ourselves. They have a lot of talent in their squad and it'll be a tough test for us but I won't be trying to predict other manager's teams. We've seen them a couple of times and we will have our hands full. We'll be mindful of everything tomorrow. This game is not against the previous manager. It is a game of football against the next team which is always the most important. Only Scott Brown was part of the last manager's squad so we don't have too many that have a problem with anything. One or two know him but it's not about that. We'll go there with a positive attitude looking to nullify their strengths and play to ours.

"We've had one defeat in nine so we are in a good run of form ourselves. It's probably the two form teams playing eachother and the players must enjoy these kinds of clashes because you never want to be playing at the bottom. There will be a decent crowd getting behind their players and it's up to us to show how good we can be."

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