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Yates: Players Have The Appetite

21 March 2013

Mark Yates believes his players have an extra spring in their step but he demands the same work rate from last weekend.

Robins boss Mark Yates speaking to the media this morning ahead of this weekend's away trip to Barnet:

"There has been an extra step in training this week and I think Saturday's performance result will have given us extra confidence.  We won't go into Barnet with the wrong attitude and that will be the message I'll be trying to get through to my players. If we can go into the game with the same attitude and be as aggressive and hard working as we were on Saturday then we can do whatever we want.

"Barnet's win over Fleetwood was a good one and they played very well. They play football and they caused Fleetwood all kinds of problems. It's a strange pitch and a strange place to go but you have to deal with that and their pitch is in good condition too. They try to get the ball down but we will deal with that.

"You just have to deal with the slope and the good thing is that my players know all about it. We went there last season and got a 2-2 draw on a Friday night and we'll be guarding against complacency. I'll probably be getting the players up more than I have ever done. Just because we beat Rotherham, it doesn't automatically mean we'll beat Barnet. The players have shown me they have the appetite for it now, and I knew they had, but Saturday's performance has really wet my appetite for it.

"They pass the ball about well and they will have possession at times so you need to defend with your shape but we'll have the chance to play ourselves and as long as we are on it with some cutting edge and end product then we can go there and get the right result.

"You wouldn't want to be down the bottom of the league right now! I went for a cup of tea amongst the Barnet fans at half time and, although they were winning, so were Torquay, Accrington and Plymouth had just scored. Everyone is fighting for it and that is just another reason why our attitude must be spot on. There seems to be an extra step in training this week and hopefully that will continue for the remaining seven games.

"We have got good players and we're happy with what we have got. The final loan window closes next week so we'll see where we go on that and make sure we have all bases covered. Going into the last seven games with three wins from four, we are in a decent enough position to really go for it. We have a very tough run in without a shadow of a doubt but we have proved that the boys are up for it and hopefully we can see the job through."

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