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Yates: Home Form Is Key

13 December 2013

Mark Yates is eager to put in a solid performance and grab a good result in front of the home fans.

Robins manager Mark Yates speaking to the media ahead of the Sky Bet League Two clash versus Hartlepool United this Saturday (3pm):

Mark's interview will appear here on this article shortly as well as on YouTube & Robins Player.

"Our away form is probably better than our home at the moment and that needs to be put right but we don't need to make a big thing of it right now. We have to keep picking up points in every game and we have done that of late. It's disappointing to have only picked up a couple of points from the last two home games and I understand that but every game is tough. It's a strange division and it does seem that every point you pick up could be a valuable one at the end of the sea.


"We need to look at one or two today because there has been a bit of sickness going around the camp but we should be okay to name the same team if need be. I think we have controlled it so hopefully that team that has done so well last week and the week before is available for selection.

"When you're winning games, or not getting beaten, then good players will be on the bench and that often has to be the way. You're often as good as your bench and when you have got the likes of Russ Penn, Terry Gornell and Jamie Cureton and other quality we've got, you're doing something right. The squad has got a bit pf potential and that is where we are at the moment. People are having to fight for their shirts. We haven't started the season how we would have wanted to individually and as a team. We have made some stupid mistake which have cost us ridiculous goals but they're fighting back from it and showing resilience, character, quality, togetherness and some really hard work. That is getting us some results at the minute and we have got to maintain that.

"Hartlepool are just below us in the table and they have progressed but so have we. They have got a good mixture of youth and experience and some really talented young players that people are looking at that we're aware of. We've got to be mindful of that but we are at home and, without making a big deal out of it, we've got to do something about performing better and winning games in front of our home supporters.

"I think the same back four has played together for the last 5 games and I think the difference has been there for everyone to see. We have looked strong, organised and competitive which gives you a chance."

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