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Yates: Going To Be Tough

4 March 2013

Mark Yates is expecting a tough match on Tuesday night when the Robins take on Chesterfield

Mark Yates speaking to the media ahead of Tuesday's npower league two fixture against Chesterfield.

"I said straight after Saturday's game that psychologically that win would be massive for us. I hope I'm proved right and the players continue to play like they did the other day against Fleetwood. We're starting to show glimpses of our true form, the players understand what we're after. We want them to pass the ball, hurt teams, score goals and keep clean sheets. Saturday was a really good step in the right direction and hopefully we can build on that result.

"Of course we now want to go on a run. We haven't kept a clean sheet in seven games and I'm desperate for one, the players are desperate for one. The harder we work the more likely that is to happen. We conceded a soft goal on our part against Fleetwood but that said I thought we were pretty comfortable.

"This is the perfect time to go on a run of wins. We've not given up on anything yet. Everybody has got something to play for. Whether it's at the top or at the bottom. Chesterfield will fancy going on a run themselves after a sticky patch and it's about momentum at the right time and hopefully we can find that."

Sam Deering has come back into the first XI in recent games and has performed well under a trusted formation.

"We've played Sam Deering in behind a striker earlier in the season and it didn't have quite the same effect. I think at the moment with the personnel we have in the team, certainly for the last couple of games, it has really suited him. It's allowed him to flourish, create some really quality football for us and show his true colours."

Tuesday night's visitors haevn't been in the best form recently but picked up a good win against Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday.

"Chesterfield tomorrow night is going to be tough. However they set up, we know we're in for a tough game. They've had a little sticky patch but they had a fantastic win on Saturday and they've got some really good players. It will be a tough game.

When the two sides last met in November, Chesterfield scored four past Scott Brown on a poor evening for the Robins.

"We were poor that night, there will be a few changes from the team that played that Tuesday game up there. We didn't do ourselves any favours at all. We let in some bad goals at bad times. We're not a team that seek revenge but we can always keep that in the back of our minds. 

"You can't do anything about what's happened but you can certainly affect things ahead of you and that's what we'll be trying to do. We're looking forward to taking the game to them and to doing things a lot better than we did up there.

Veteran Stiker, 37 year old Jack Lester is Chesterfield's top scorer this season but Mark is aware of the dangers Chesterfield posses all around the pitch..

"I don't know if he will be playing, he didn't play on Saturday against Dagenham. I think he had a bit of a virus. Whatever team they put out they've got good players. We know they've got strengths  we know if we get the first goal we've got a chance but we've just got to take care of ourselves. We have to try and play like we have for the last couple of games and if we can do that we can beat anybody."

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