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Yates: Keep On Improving

17 October 2013

Robins chief expecting a tough encounter but wants his players to retain a winning feeling.

Mark Yates speaking to the media ahead of this weekend's home match versus Rochdale (3pm):

"We deserved last week's win. We asked the players to work harder than the opposition, not they haven't been working hard but it's been misguided. We stayed in the game and were strong mentally and physically so we did a good job on a team who were supposed to be flying high. It was a good win and it means we can go into this weekend with a bit of confidence.

"Training has been good and we've got to ask for the same again. We're not Real Madrid at the moment and it's not free flowing fantastic football but the commitment, attitude and willingness to work was there last weekend and we've got to make sure we do that again. Whatever team that Rochdale bring down on Saturday, we must at least start with those three things and if we do that then we can add to our game and keep improving.

"We knew we got a good one when we signed Jamie Cureton and without a doubt he has been a loss for the team but you have to cope with it and we didn't do that brilliantly. Jamie Cureton playing shouldn't mean us conceding goals like we have been so if he plays it won't necessarily stop that but he is a big part of what we've been trying to do since the summer and now we need to make sure we utilise him as much as possible.

"James Wilson's loan has ended. We thank him for his efforts and wish him the best. He played for Wales on Tuesday so he's a good player but it's just unfortunate that we haven't been able to keep hold of him. It suited both parties because at the minute he probably wouldn't have played Saturday and that wouldn't be good for him after playing for Wales. I don't see any changes in personnel at the back on Saturday.

"The league is really tight. I thought 3-4 weeks ago that Chesterfield were going to be 20 points clear of everybody by now but that's not the case and they've gone three games without a win. I think we're 11 points off the top of the table so we're out of nothing. Games are literally about who turns up on the day and we haven't done that enough yet. Hopefully the penny is starting to drop and that feeling of winning in the dressing room is what we want every weekend and that will be the message on Saturday.

"Keith Hill has done well there (Rochdale) before and he was a bit unfortunate at Barnsley but hes gone back in there and made a difference. We know he's a good manager and we'll have to make sure that we're hard working even more so than them and we must try to please our home fans by putting in a good win and solid performance."

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