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Yates: Back To Reality

29 August 2013

Mark Yates wants his players to use the West Ham experience to kick on in Sky Bet League Two.

Mark Yates speaking to the media ahead of this weekend's trip to Bury:

"I think we did ourselves justice looking back on the West Ham game. We had a go and we were better than we have been previously against Premiership opposition. We can take a lot of heart from it and we can go into the Bury game with high spirits knowing that those are the levels we need to reach every week.

"We have had one bad performance against Plymouth where we were poor but the players that have been here for the last two years know what's needed to win games. We just need to get back to hard work and back to the bread and butter up North so we can put a shift in. I have every confidence.

"Bury are on the crest of a wave right now with a couple of good results and the club is buoyed by the stability they now hopefully have. It will be a tough game for us but we can go there in good spirits and hopefully perform to the best of our ability. To score score three against a Premiership team (Bury v. Norwich) is tremendous so we have to be wary of that but it won't be 6-3 I imagine! We need to go there and play like we did the other night and we'll try to get better every game.

"Troy Brown has got a slight tear in his hamstring by the sounds of it so he will probably be out for 2-3 weeks but I thought Ryan (Inniss) came in and was superb. We had permission from Crystal Palace for Ryan to play on Tuesday and he'll be involved on Saturday. He came in as an 18 year-old kid but because he is a bit of a man mountain people do think he is older and wiser but it was always going to be about waiting for his chance. He's shown what he can do and for a senior debut I thought he was pretty outstanding to be honest. I spoke to his agent this morning and now it's case of doing everything properly so we can get the same level of performance. He is a great kid and he is great to have around. He hasn't moaned once and he has taken his chance.

"Jamie Cureton is progressing well and he trained on the pitch at West Ham so that was another positive from the night. Hopefully he won't be too far away but this weekend will be too soon. We have a few bumps and bruises from the other night and some energy expended but they'll be fine. Tuesday was a great experience for the players at a stadium like Upton Park and they did themselves justice but now they go back to reality and I have no doubts that they will do."

Mark's full interview will be available shortly on Robins Player and his thoughts, as well as a short interview with Keith Lowe, will also be available on YouTube.

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