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Yates: I've Got A Cunning Plan

25 February 2013

Mark Yates wants his side to step up and be counted against Fleetwood tomorrow evening.

Mark Yates speaks to the media ahead of Tuesday night's league two fixture against Fleetwood.

The Robins were held to a draw away from home at Accrington on Saturday but Mark believes his side have got the quality to win games.

"It was frustrating, disappointing and I was relieved to get a point. It could be a good point. We are where we are, we're not kidding ourselves but I've just looked at the table and our last nine games and we've only lost one game in those. We've not won enough but we've got to keep picking up points, keep believing and keep working hard on the training ground. I know we've got the quality to win games and hopefully we can do that tomorrow night.

"There's no easy ones and we've just got to concentrate on the next one all the time.

"They were lively, they had a good point against Southend the week before at home. It's a tough place to go and although their form hasn't been the best of late they've still got some decent players. We're disappointed after taking the lead that we conceded before half-time. There are one or two things I've got to speak to the players about today that we need to be better at. We're sixth in the table with 12 games to go. If we'd have won it wouldn't have guaranteed promotion, we've got 54 points and we're on course to be where we want to be. That said we have got to be a lot better.

"There's 23 games to go and Fleetwood is the most important one. We've got to concentrate and only after then can we think about Saturday. 

"Saturday was frustrating, we did ever so well against Aldershot in the second half with two wider players and against Accrington nothing happened for us. We were a little bit open, a little bit exposed. I wouldn't say anyone's on top of their game at the moment. I think Marlon's come back in and looked different class. I think Michael Hector did well on Saturday. Scott Brown made a couple of great saves first half. No one's really on top of their game enough and I think it's going to take someone to come in and make a big difference to us. There might be one or two changes tomorrow, there might not be. But I'll pick a team that I think is capable of winning, that I know is capable of winning. I've got to try and work out how I'm going to get that spark amongst the whole group.

"I've got to start picking teams slightly better than I am at the moment. However we play, I've got total belief in what we're trying to do. Right at this moment in time the players and everyone have got to stand up and be counted and give everything a little bit more. That goes from myself, it goes from me, that goes for everybody at the club. We've been backed by the chairman well over the January transfer period. We've got a lot of good players but now it's time to stand up and be counted, put a marker down and start churning out a few results.

"I wanted to get some quality strikers in and I've got them. That obviously lends itself to playing two up-top. I'm not going to give too much away but I've got a cunning plan."

When the two teams met at Whaddon Road earlier in the season, the game ended 2-2 as Fleetwood grabbed an injury time equaliser,

"We conceded a late equaliser unfortunately and a sending off to my then captain. I think it's going to be a good test for both sides tomorrow.They're a good side, I've seen them play a few times and they play good football. They've got some really good players and we're going to have to be better than we were on Saturday. I know that's what we're capable of doing.

"They've got good players, good attacking players. They get the ball down and get it wide and we've got to deal with that. They also have some big lads who they can hit the ball forwards to early. 

"We've got to be as good as we can be. We've got a game plan that we'll try and execute well and if we do that we can beat anybody. We've got to go out there with some enthusiasm, stick together, work hard for each other and start keeping clean sheets. It's been six games since a clean sheet and that's a little  bit unlike us. Scott deserves to have far more clean sheets under his belt than he does. A couple of months ago we were at the top of the clean sheet table but I don't think we're there now. Goals are costing us at silly times but we also need to score more. Everyone from me to the players needs to give a little bit more."

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