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Yates: Keep Believing

21 February 2013

Mark Yates' acknowledges his side are not winning enough games and is looking forward to putting that right in the coming weeks.

Mark Yates speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's npower League 2 match against Accrington Stanley.

Following Accrington's 2-0 defeat at the hands of Exeter last Friday, they now lie 23rd in the league occupying a relegation place. It will be the second time in as many weeks that the Robins face a side in the bottom two.  

"They're the tough one's and you've got to deal with it. We've got 13 games to go and this is the next one, it's the most important one because it's the only one we can deal with, the only one we can try and get three points from. You can do all the planning you like but it's always the next game that is the most important."

Mark Yates' side were held to a 1-1 draw against Aldershot last Saturday and was frustrated not to have won the game but is looking forward to putting thing's right this weekend.

"My belief hasn't changed today from last Thursday. We did enough to win the game second half. I understand peoples frustrations but there's no point worrying about what's gone on, you have to deal with what's ahead of you. We've got 13 games to go, 39 points to play for and we'll get as many of those as quickly as we can. 

"They make a bit of noise behind the one goal, its a different stadia and a strange place. The pitch isn't always the best this time of year so we have to go and deal with that and the noise that they can make with the drum that goes off behind the goal. We've got to quieten them and get on with our game. We don't get to worried about their fans making a bit of noise. We've been working on things things over the last couple of weeks and it's about getting better at them all the time. 

"The plan has been geared up to making sure we're fresh and ready. The boys are fit, they're strong, they're ready. It's not about talking in front of the camera's too much, it's about getting out there and making it happen now. 

"They're a good side, they try and pass the ball and they beat us earlier in the season. They're not on the best run of form at the moment but we've got to make sure whoever plays, goes there and is 100% focussed and does everything they possibly can to get three points. It 's that stage of the season at the moment, performances are what you need but you also need results. We've only had one defeat in 8 or 9 games so we're not doing too much wrong but we're not winning enough games for our liking. We've got to put that right over the coming weeks.

"Everyone I've spoken to this week has said the pitch is awful, we've got to deal with it. It's poor for both sides. We've got to do what we do and keep believing. We've got good players and we need to win more, we know that, we're not stupid. No one's pulling away from us too much, we're not adrift of anything. We've got to keep ticking along and not panic  Keep sticking to our principles of what we're trying to do and work even harder at trying to put that right." 

Steve Elliott was substituted during the first half against Aldershot and Yates revealed the centre-back had picked up a dead leg. 

"He'll be training today. He had a dead leg. The lad ran into him. Steve's got some big tree trunk legs but he couldn't run it off. I had a good chat with him on Tuesday and I'm expecting him to be training this morning." 

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