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Yates: Be Braver

10 October 2013

Mark Yates speaking to the local media ahead of the away trip to Dagenham & Redbridge this weekend.

Robins chief Mark Yates speaking to the media ahead of the Sky Bet League 2 game away at Dagenham & Redbridge:

"We have to be braver in everything that we do and we will be. We have got to try and encourage the best out of them and try to make them keep believing in themselves and not to be afraid of doing things. That's where we are right now. We need to be braver with the ball and better without it.

"When you are losing on a regular basis then things become that much more complicated and difficult but we got to try and simplify things and get back to doing the right things. Goals are massive both for and against especially when you're chasing the game which we found ourselves doing at Scunthorpe last week unfortunately. We have them something to hang onto which was probably not what we needed to do.

"James Wilson has been in and around the Wales team before and it just shows the pool that Wales are picking from but good luck to him for the weekend if he gets the shout. I don't think it's the end of him here but I have a meeting this afternoon with the Chairman to see where we are with a couple and we'll see where we are after. I haven't confirmed anything yet.

"Stevey (Elliott) needed a little breather and hopefully he's had that so when he is needed he will be called upon and get back to his normal self. He didn't need to react in any way because Stevey is a pro and a great lad. He's chomping to get back in and if it is Saturday then I have no doubt he will be ready.

"It's good to have Craig Braham-Barrett back. He's a left footer, quick and he's had some good news himself this week so hopefully he will be buoyed and ready to go. If we decide to throw him straight in then he needs to be ready but we'll take a look at how he trains today. He has been itching to get back playing and he has been a pain in the backside for Weso in terms of wanting to get back out there and playing.

"I think that is a fully fit squad available for Saturday so hopefully we'll go a couple of days without any issues and pick a team that can go to Dagenham and be organised, solid, hard working, competitive, play some decent football and get a result.

"Dagenham are decent. We had somebody there on Friday night and we have the scouting reports on them but I know Wayne (Burnett) and he's pleased with the squad he has got there and he has more of a goal threat this year which is something we have to be wary of. We'll be mindful of that but we have to make sure we turn up and perform properly and if we do that then we can do anything to anybody."

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