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Yates: Be The Twelfth Man

11 April 2013

Mark Yates wants a positive atmosphere at Whaddon Road on Saturday when Martin Allen returns to the Abbey Business Stadium.

Mark Yates speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's fixture against npower League Two leaders Gillingham.

The fixture comes following last weekend's poor performance away from home against Plymouth when Yates' men finished the match on the wrong side of a 2-0 score line.

"The boys have had a tough week, we've done some soul searching, even at this stage of the season you have to do that. We didn't turn up last Saturday, we made an OK start then after about 10-15 minutes we did everything that is foreign to us and we didn't look a good side. It was a disappointing afternoon on the whole and we've moved on. Today and tomorrow is all about Saturday now.

"We had to have a couple of days where we had to look at ourselves and think right, that's not what we're about. How do we get back to doing what we're good at. That doesn't happen by luck. We've had a look at it and we've been a bit embarrassed by our performance last week. Sometimes when you see it on a screen it just clears it up in your own mind. We had a good day on Tuesday doing a bit of work and we're back in today to make sure we're ready for a tough one on Saturday."

Saturday's visitors Gillingham clinched automatic promotion on Saturday with a 1-0 victory against Torquay United.

"Congratulations to Gillingham for getting promotion, they'll certainly want to seal winning the title at our place on Saturday and we've got to try and make sure we look after our results and performances."

The weekend's fixture also see's the return of Martin Allen to the Abbey Business Stadium. The Gills manager was in charge at Whaddon Road between 2008 and the end of 2009.

"I know there's a bit of history with the manager coming back here but I would just urge all my supporters to support the team and not worry about them. He's done a decent job there. He's openly admitted and talked to me about the fact it didn't work for him here, for whatever reason. I just urge everybody to show your support for our team and behind my boys rather than give them anything to make them want to do anything better than they've already done this season.

"I want an atmosphere, I want some noise but I want it directed in a positive way to boost my players, to boost their performance, to be the twelfth man. I want them to be as noisy as they possibly can in a positive manner for my players."

The Robins earned a point when the two sides last met in away from home in November.

"It was one of our best away performances, we played well. We knew at they time we were two decent teams. They had managed to really kick on and well done to them for that. We've got to make sure that over the next three games we give ourselves the best chance of getting up there with them.

"Although we had a poor performance and a poor result against Plymouth, you wouldn't believe the results that came in after the game. Then Tuesday night it looks like everything's gone against you but all you've got to do is look after yourself. If you start worrying about other teams but you don't perform yourself or pick up points yourself then you're wasting your time. My message to everybody is to just concentrate on ourselves. Concentrate on what we can do. At the moment we can possibly get nine more points and that is only possible if we get a positive result on Saturday."

Paul Besnon was stretchered off with an ankle injury during Saturday's 2-0 defeat at the hands of Plymouth Argyle, but the injury is not believed to be as bad as first thought.

"He's a lot better than we initially first thought. It looked pretty serious and Wes (the club physio) was concerned. He came in Sunday and was quite a bit better and we were much more hopeful. We managed to get him scanned and he had an x-ray, you have to speak to the physio but the prognosis looks a lot better than it could have been. We're hopeful that he will be able to play some part in the remaining games.

"I've got other options and I'll do what I think is right for the team. We always do, we're always trying to win football matches. We're mindful of the fact they're a good side, a well organised side and a strong side. They've got a fantastic away record but we've got a fantastic home record. There will be no quarter given, just two competitive teams and we'll be going out to try to beat them.

"I've got options and I need them. I won't make drastic changes. We need to be calm and although we wern't happy with the result against Plymouth we try to learn from it and observe what we've done wrong. It was just one of those days where nobody came out  the game with any credit. There won't be drastic changes but anybody who doesn't play, if it's tactical or whatever I do we'll have no qualms about it. We're a group, we win together, we lose together and there's a really good vibe about the place. That won't change because we didn't perform on one game."

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