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Yates: Not At Our Best

25 January 2013

Mark Yates not downbeat but frustrated with just a point.

Robins chief Mark Yates speaking to the media following tonight's 0-0 draw with Rochdale:

"Tonight wasn't a decent spectacle but both teams did try to play football. We're not in the best form right now and I can't deflect from that but I am looking forward to a good week on the training ground - I think we need it and we also need one or two bodies to help us. We are hopefully close to doing that.

"I think we huffed and puffed today and we should have had a goal but we didn't work the keeper enough for a home side in the position we are in. We're not right at the moment and we need to find some form. The players need to keep believing because we're not out of anything. Unfortunately it didn't quite happen for us tonight.

"I thought Keith Lowe should have scored at the time but I've just watched it again and he was under a lot of pressure and the keeper has made a great save to be fair. We're not creating enough for the strikers and they are feeding off scraps so we must address that.

"We're not on top of our game. It's a good clean sheet and a second successive one which we can be relatively pleased with but we want to win at home and we haven't tested the keeper. We've had a few chances but our final efforts on goal weren't clinical enough. I'm saying it as it is but we are in there fighting and hopefully with a few more additions we will kick on.

"Neil (Howarth) knows the reserve team manager up at Manchester United. Luke (McCullough) is a good player but he isn't here just because it's Man United. He is here because he is a good footballer and he'll add to what we already have.

"Darren Carter's contract is all done and we're working tirelessly on bringing some more in.

"It's not as simple as plucking people out of mid air. You have to be patient. We would have liked a couple in a few weeks ago but we weren't able to do that so we remain patient. We haven't been beaten, we haven't conceded a goal but there is plenty of work to do to help boost confidence levels and open teams up. We didn't create enough tonight."

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