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Yates: Consistent Run Needed

21 November 2013

Mark Yates is looking forward to a good atmosphere as Newport head to the Abbey Business Stadium this weekend.

Robins manager Mark Yates speaking to the media ahead of this weekend's Sky Bet League 2 clash versus Newport County:

Watch Mark and Scott Brown discussing the game on YouTube here.

"Without a doubt we need more than one or two good results and we now need to go on a run and win games. The challenge now is to win back to back games because we haven't done that this season. We've got two home games where we want to pick up maximum points but the only one that counts at the moment is Newport because it's the only one we can effect. Our focus should be on Newport and both Neil and I have seen them recently.

"Newport are a decent side and they've been on a little run themselves. They play a system which is a little different to most teams but it's proving to be effective because they have had a good start.

"I don't think they're a surprise package but they will possibly be pleasantly surprised by their own start and they also would have realised that there is nothing to fear in the league. If they can be consistent like they have been and keep it going then they'll have a great chance like everyone.

"If Zebs (Chris Zebroski) plays then I'll be surprised! He was on crutches the last time someone saw him. It'll be good to see Billy (Jones). I went down the other night and he didn't play but was on the bench. They'll use him when they see fit and if he plays then we know the quality he has got but also what we can exploit. He's a good player and it will be good to see him. He's been a part of us for just over a year so he'll know how we work and what we want to do so I'm sure Justin (Edinburgh) will be tapping into that but we want to move on and we want to be better than that. We are trying to improve all the time.

"I suppose it's not too far away (from Newport) and it's the Welsh and the English if you like but I don't think it's a derby although it's one of the closer games we get along with Rovers who we play Tuesday. There were rallying cries at half time over their tannoy system the other night for supporters to turn up at Whaddon Road and hopefully they do turn up in their numbers. Hopefully we can put on a good performance to show their fans as well as our own.

"We need the fans' support and the players need their backing but if we perform anything like we did on Saturday then I'm sure the noise levels will be up and they'll appreciate the effort that the players put in.

"Jermaine (McGlashan) has trained all week and he should play some part on Saturday. Jason Taylor has been nursing a knock from last weekend but there's no problem there and he will train today.

"I'm not resting Russ (Penn) out of choice because he is my captain but he hasn't been anywhere near the form he can show this season. I don't think he has been in tremendous form this season, as a few haven't, but rather than sit there and mope, which he won't and hasn't, it's important for him to think about his game and how it fits into the way we are playing at the moment because we're playing the system quite well. There has got to be more to come from him. It was Stevey Elliott who we  took the decision to give him a breather because of the amount of games he played in a period of time and I think it was time for him.

"People get fed up and cheesed off when they get taken off and everyone has seen that but it's because they want to do so well for the club, themselves and the team. I have no moaners. I pick a team and unfortunately some get left out but that is football."

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