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Yates: We Can Do Better

27 September 2012

Mark Yates has called for less talk and more action ahead of this Friday night's match.

Mark Yates speaking to the media ahead of Friday night's home game v. Morecambe (7.45pm):

"I thought it was a good away performance last weekend. We could have been better but we created the best chances of the game and it was a good point.

"We're eight games in and we're four points off second place. Gillingham have made a great start and good luck to them. We are eight points off second place without really getting started yet and that is the focus for me. We are doing okay but if we step it up then we will get to where we want to be. We have the capabilities to do just that but we're missing something from our game at the moment and we're trying to work out what that is. We are looking at one or two things but we can't keep harping on about last season. We have the ability to be better than what we have been but we will be asking the players to step up and we are all learning all the time. We have got to keep working hard on the training ground and we'll be looking to kick on.

"We probably have more options in midfield and up front. It is about getting the right blend. Shaun is scoring goals and is making a case for himself and it's up to the rest to do that themselves. No-one is out of plans because nobody has grabbed their opportunity and that is what I'm looking for over the next few games.

"Morecambe did the double over us last season and I'm fully aware of how good they are and I know they have added some even better players. Jim Bentley has done a really good job there. Results haven't gone their way recently but they are a real threat. We were beaten in the 93rd minute at home last season and that was a tough one to take. Away from home, for 30 minutes, we were like Real Madrid and then they came into it and took the game away from us when we really should have put the game to bed. We know what they're about and that they are flexible in their formation. We know we are in for a game but we must ensure we try and get the three points on Friday. I love playing at Whaddon Road under the floodlights and the players do too.

"We have the ability to kick on but we have got to stop talking about it and put in the performances to get us those results. We are not shouting from the rooftops that we have a great squad and that we are going to do this and that. My squad is a decent one but we must put that onto the grass and only time will tell whether it is a good enough squad. We are happy enough with our start but it could have been a lot better and that is our aim over the next eight games."

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