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Yates: A Massive Win

2 March 2013

Mark Yates believes his side can build on today's result going into the last 10 games of the season.

Mark Yates speaking to the media following the Robins 2-1 win over AFC Wimbedon.

"I thought we played some really good stuff. I think we made it difficult for ourselves in the last 15 minutes conceding like we did. I thought we looked pretty comfortably. Psychologically, from where we've been and conceding silly goals to cost us wins, that's a massive win for us. We've conquered it now and we can build on this. We've got lots of tough games coming up but I really think we can use today to our advantage.

"It's a difficult surface out there but we've gone back to trying to do what we do best. We've got to play football, we've got lots of good footballers in the team and when we get down and play some of the stuff we did in the first half I think we can cause teams problems.It was a good team performance, perhaps marred by conceding that one goal and putting the crowd on edge for the last 15 minutes.

"I'm frustrated it's been a while since our last clean sheet. In seven games we've conceded one goal every time, two at Accrington. I think Scotty and the boys deserve better than that but we'll keep working and keep trying to put it right. Other than the goal, I can't really remember Browny having a shot to save. They've had a few balls in the box from set-pieces, they're a big strong side but I thought we stood up to that well. We perhaps should have scored on the break a couple of times.

"Darren Carter rocked his ankle two-minutes before half time. I was a little bit concerned and he didn't start the second half particularly well. I always find if you get a substitute to take their shirt off something always happens. He shouted over to the bench that he was alright , he didn't even know he was coming off but he must have had a feeling in his own mind. He showed his class with a great goal. That's what we need people to do, contribute goals from everywhere. Marlon's been doing it of late, Darren is back up there as our second or third leading goalscorer now. 

"I've heard the boys have said a few results have gone for us but all we've got to do is take care of ourselves. If we don't win games then it doesn't matter what other teams do. We've won and tonight at 7 o'clock I can have a look at results and see where we are but it's us we have to concern ourselves with.

"The league's really tight, ridiculously tight. Anybody can and is beating anybody. Anybody who can get four or five wins on the spin can propel themselves right in amongst it. We've got lots of tough games coming up, we're not kidding ourselves but I think we'll be better in those games as well.

"The leagues far more competitive this season and a lot of better teams. Nobodies getting left adrift and nobody's running away with it. It's about trying to find consistency. We've only had one defeat in 10 or 11 games. We know we've drawn to many of those but we can only deal with what's ahead of us. We've got ten games to go and we want as many points as quickly as we can. We've got a lot of talent in that dressing room and a really good spirit. We've got fit, strong players and one or two who are hopefully going to really come good over the next ten games. 

"The win was a relief to everybody. My heart's beating a little bit quicker at the end. Not that we had too much to worry about but you're always concerned when you've conceded a couple of late goals, that something might come back." 

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