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Yates: Buoyant Wimbledon

11 October 2012

Mark Yates believes his players can expect a tough day against a buoyant AFC Wimbledon.

Mark Yates speaking to the media ahead of this weekend's away trip to AFC Wimbledon:

"Our defending on Tuesday night was irritating. Their goalkeeper assisted with two of their goals and that's basic defending. We've got to get on with it and we are looking out there for what we can afford but at the moment we have made little progress and we haven't secured anything right now and I don't know whether I will. That might mean Keith Lowe comes in and I'm happy with that. I've had a chat with Harry (Hooman) and I think he needs to get a month worth of games. He needs to take a step back a little but he will come again. If I don't get anything in then I am okay with that because I know Keith will do a good job.

"Danny Andrew is back. Cambridge have a new structure down there in place so we'll take it from here and assess things over the next few days.

"The performance on Tuesday for 65 minutes was excellent. There is always the chance that you can get caught and bit on the backside and I don't think the players got caught up with it all but when you concede goals as softly as we did then it can sap your confidence. I felt if we defended properly and were a little more ruthless up top then we should have won that game comfortably. I don't think Chris (Wilder) could believe how easily we gifted them their goals and the goals were poor. You should never get anything easy and we don't. We have to make things happen and we will talk about working hard to earn the right to win. It was disappointing but that is the challenge for when people come in and we have to plan for eventualities. I changed six players from Saturday but my Chairman and I were desperate to win the game and for about for 65 minutes it worked perfectly but, at our level, you cannot be conceding goals like we did.

"We've moved on a lot since the loss at Wimbledon last season and we have improved leaps and bounds since then. They will be buoyed by a new manager and it'll be a tough game with a decent crowd. We'll have to go there and play like we have done for the last five games apart from our defending on Tuesday night.

"I went to watch them last week and they still have some very good players. They'll definitely be up for it because they will want to impres their new manager and sometimes that can work both ways. We will pick a team that we know can work hard to get a result and we're confident we can do that. The rumour mill is probably right that we did try and sign Jack Midson and Byron Harrison and I rate them both. We were very interested in Jack a few summers ago but nothing happened for whatever reason and we had a bid accepted for Byron Harrison this summer but the player didn't want to come so that's life. My defenders are obviously aware that I rate the players highly but they have plenty of others too. I'm surprised they are where they are but I'm confident they'll kick on under a new manager."

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