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Yates: We've Shown Character

5 March 2013

Mark Yates believes it was the substitutions made the difference against Chesterfield and won the match for Robins.

Mark Yates' speaking to the media after his sides dramatic injury time winner against Chesterfield.

"That is a big win. We've shown character, it's a tough game. I desperately hope Gloucester don't pay us and they leave that pitch alone. I'm going to go up there and speak to my chairman and tell him I don't want them playing here. You can tell it affects us, we want to play football and it's really bobbley out there. It was lively. Credit to my players because they stuck with it. We talked about getting two wins on the bounce which we haven't done for a while, we kept going and we got our rewards.

"I thought it was a pretty tight game. It was two decent sides but the game never quite got going. We stuck at it and that could be a massive three-points for us come the end of the season.

"We've got into some great crossing positions this evening. I think Jermaine was back to his electric best when he got on. I remember Paul Benson scoring against us like that last season for Swindon in similar circumstances. That's what he's here for but we've got to create more chances for him because he will finish them.

"There weren't many chances in the game and we're a little bit disappointed at that. The lads have done what I've asked, they've won two on the bounce. It wasn't the prettiest or the most fluid of games but sometimes you have to get a job done. They made it really hard for us. The big lad upfront, the French kid, was a real handful for us. Michael and Steve knew they were in for a game. I think Paul's got a really good squad and I really liked a lot of their players and the way they play. 

"We never settle for a point. We needed to take at least a point. We've tried to be brave with attacking substitutions. Byron and Jermaine both came on and were very good and Mohamed's had a hand in the winner. The substitutions were probably what won us the game and the fact we had the desire to stick in there.

"I've tried to change our formation in a couple of areas to get a second man up top. We've got four really good strikers at the club and you feel for the ones who aren't getting on. Against Fleetwood and Wimbledon, the extra man in the middle of the park enabled us to play. It allowed us to do what we're good at and today it wasn't quite happening for us so we needed to change it. Sometimes you've got to try and do something else.

"We're not worried about where we are in the table, all we are worried about is winning games. Other teams can go above us with games in hand. We're not really interested bar the fact we've just won two on the bounce and can go to Burton on Saturday and hopefully make it three. 

"I haven't got a points target, just 27 points from the next 27. That's what we'll be going for. Hopefully we can get that but all we've got to do is look after ourselves. We can't worry about what other teams are doing and other results. If we win, we put ourselves in a great position , there are going to be twists and turns between now and the end of the season but we've got to look after ourselves."

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