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Yates: We've Shown Our Character

13 April 2013

Mark Yates hails is side's outstanding performance against table toppers Gillingham

Robins chief Mark Yates speaking to the media following this afternoon's 1-0 win over Gillingham...

"We were outstanding today. We showed that aggression, we had that competitive edge and passed the ball around as well. It was a decent game of football and everybody was better than last week. That's the kind of performance I want to see next week. We need to go to Exeter and pretend we're playing a home game.

"Everything was just spot on today. Like I said in the programme notes, we've had a tough week but hopefully we can go and do something again next week and carry this on up to the end of the season.

"Scott Brown's not had a great deal to do today but again looked comfortable when needed. He got a whack on his foot in training on Thursday making it twice the size it should be and credit to him and Westy for getting him back and ready for today. Connor Roberts would have played but Browny battled through the pain and he had some pain relief tablets and he was fine which shows his great character.

"We looked a threat at set-pieces today. I also thought we created the better chances and played the better football in the first half. I felt Jermaine should have done better after Marlon split their defence with a great pass and Mohamed was a little unlucky with quick fire shots but we deserved the win. We need to make sure the attitude and the performance is there and the results will take care of themselves as it was today.

"We're very good here and last year it was completely the opposite. The players have assured me their performances will be the same for the remaining games. We have to make sure that whatever we do we have the right attitude.

"Me and Neil were discussing where to possibly make changes but fortunately we got the goal at the right time. We didn't really have to go chasing. We were causing them all sorts of problems, we were dealing with everything and our back four were good. We thought about making changes to bring in some fresh legs but the boys needed to put a shift in, and the 11 boys I had out there had the game pretty much in control.

"I understand the frustration from the fans aimed at Martin Allen but I want the support to be positive to my players. They were our twelfth man today and I want to hear them down at Exeter as well. Our players respond well when we've got a great backing. We've proved it before and thanks to our supporters, have beaten some tough sides here.

"If we end up missing out on promotion then we miss out, but we have to make sure we do everything we can to make sure we put enough pressure on the other teams. Whatever happens we have to worry about ourselves."

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