Mark Yates is expecting a tough game versus Fleetwood and discusses his 4 years as manager.Mark Yates speaking to the media ahead of this weekend's clash away at Fleetwood and ahead of his 4 year anniversary as Robins manager:
"There has been ups and downs, hard work but it has been great and I have really enjoyed it - long may it continue. It is a precarious job and to have been here for 4 years is an achievement but it is a good stable club and hopefully we can still achieve something this season.
"There has been plenty of highs and lows. Crewe away was a low one and not a high but getting to the play-off final was good even though we lost. There has been lots such as Tottenham away and Everton at home plus some great nights at Whaddon Road as well as some good performances away from home. I have enjoyed my time here and hopefully it continues. The Chairman and the board have been brilliant. They don't like to change for the sake of it and they know how hard we work. Unfortunately it hasn't gone as well as we would have wanted so far this season but we're still right in there with a shout and there's a long way to go. The backing I have had has been very good and I have a good relationship with the Chairman, the board and the supporters. We just need to keep our heads down, keep working and get points.
"Of course there is pressure (to stretch the unbeaten run) but only from ourselves. I looked back the other day and we haven't made the start we would have wanted but it happens sometimes. Teams, on a late run, can get in (into the play-offs) but we're not one of them. We are 9 games unbeaten after 21 games in a season and I think there's only 5 teams who have lost less games than us in the division so we're just not converting enough into wins at the moment. It is all ifs, buts and maybes and it doesn't mean anything but if we had won a few more games that we drew then we could be in a play-off spot and things would be more rosy. We have a good group here who are starting to realise what it take to play well, be a team and win games.
"It will be difficult (versus Fleetwood). They have lost more games than us in the league this season which tells you how tight the league is. I went to watch them on Tuesday night up at Burton and they are a good side. Their manager was a little disappointed with their first half performance and he let them know through the press this week. He'll be looking for a response and because they went out the cup they will be looking to put us down. They made three or four changes and still had a really decent team out and we know what quality they have so we must be on our game to go up there and get anything. They have quality in abundance and they are a progressive club who look like their prepared to give it a little go. Anything we get tomorrow will be a bonus.
"The lads have responded well (to the Hartlepool draw) and there is a resilience about the group. There is a toughness and a togetherness and I have no doubt that we'll be ready for a tough game tomorrow."
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