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Yates: Shrimps Will Make It Tough

17 January 2013

Mark Yates believes his side are ready for a tough winter's trip to the north

Mark Yates speaking to the media ahead of the Robins' Friday night trip to Morecambe...

"We've had a disrupted week with the weather but we'll train today (Thursday) and prepare as normal and be ready for tomorrow night.

"The Friday night game is a chance to put pressure on the teams who play Saturday and that's our aim but it didn't happen last time against Rochdale and we had to sit and suffer on the Saturday. We aim to get back on track and start winning games. We've got to be as good as we can. Morecambe are a difficult side, particularly at home, and we'll have to play particularly well to get anything out of it.

"Morecambe have a good home record. They make it a tough place to go to and it will be cold and could be windy or even be snowing and we've got to deal with it. We have no excuses now with 20 games to go and we want three points starting tomorrow.

"We have to be mentally and physically strong. On a cold, Friday night up north there can be no softies in the squad, which there aren't, and we've got to make sure we do everything right and be ready for it.

"Unfortunately Harry Hooman's season looks likely to be over. He's been unlucky and not been in the squad of late but the bone that's damaged means he'll be out for 6-12 weeks. It's very unfortunate for him and ourselves but the rest of the squad are all ok."

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