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Yates: Earn The Victory

2 October 2012

Mark Yates wants his team to earn the right to beat Bristol Rovers.

Mark Yates speaking to the media ahead of tomorrow evening's match v. Bristol Rovers:

"We were a game ahead on Friday and now tonight we will be a game behind due to how the fixtures fall but it's something we'll deal with and it won't affect us. We haven't played many Wednesday-Saturday games so that will be a quick turnaround but the players have known about it for a while and we'll be in all week to make sure we are ready for both matches. We had a good win on Friday night and the players got a weekend to themselves so the can spend some time with their family and that doesn't happen very often but we feel that is important.

"All the backroom staff went out to watch games on the Saturday. We have some tough games coming up and every small bit of information is useful.

"Shaun Harrad should be fine. He has been training with the physio yesterday and he should be training today. We don't have the biggest squad in the world but we do have quality on the bench waiting to play. There won't be many changes tomorrow if any at all.

"We are three games unbeaten and we have taken 15 points from nine games which is a decent return. We are probably in a better position than we were at this stage last year. There is a sense of expectation that things will just happen this season but we need to go and earn it again. Bristol Rovers are a big football club in our division and you don't just go there and win. You must earn it and that is what we are planning to do tomorrow night.

"The game last season was one of the key starters that gave us the belief we could go on a run and then we did. They had a good win on Saturday and their supporters will be right behind them but we must play our football and if we can do that then we have a chance. Mark McGhee is a good guy and very experience. He beat us in his first game in charge last season so he knows the time of day. He has had to get a few loan signings in to give them a boost and it seems to have done the trick. We know they are a good side and we know they have got good players so we must be right on top of our game. It's a local derby and I hope our supporters find the time to travel an hour down the road to get behind the boys like they did last year."

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