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Yates: We Must Match York

20 September 2012

Mark Yates is anticipating a good advert for League Two as Cheltenham clash with York this weekend.

Mark Yates talks to the media ahead of this weekend's away trip to York City:

"The determination on Tuesday was just what we wanted and had talked about after Saturday's game. We played good football on both occasions but we managed to dig in and, to be successful, you have to be able to combine the both. The players defended very resolutely and I think we were very unlucky to have a penalty conceded against us because I didn't think it was a penalty in a month of Sundays.

"Alan Bennett is a leader and I wanted him to rally the troops. I just think that in the last few home games we have gone a little soft when things have gone against us. I thought we played really well for 45 minutes against Southend but we didn't respond well to the goals going in. Benno didn't let anybody's heads go down even when the penalty went against him. He was strong, resolute and he got his boys doing what they needed to be doing on the pitch. He did exactly what we expected from him. The challenge to Benno was to make sure he was available for the next game and so far that should be okay.

"It's nicer to come back onto the training ground on the back of a win. It's always a good feeling when you pick up three points against local rival and Oxford are a good side. Now we have given the supporters something to cheer about back home we will look to continue our decent away record intact. We've done well in all three away games so far and that must continue. York are a good side and we went to watch them last night. It'll be a tough, open game of football but we should have confidence from Tuesday and I'm certainly looking forward to the game.

"Gary Mills' teams will be the same and they play 4-3-3 or however you choose to call the system. I went to watch York at Rotherham and last night and they are well organised. We have to be on our guard because it's a tough place to go because they're newly promoted and they fancy their chances and why not? We're in for a tough game but hopefully, on the back of a good performance, we'll get something from the game. We'll need to match their work rate and remain aware of their threat."

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