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Yates: Real Belief

24 October 2013

Mark Yates believes Tuesday's win should offer real belief that Cheltenham can string back-to-back wins together.

Mark Yates talking to the media ahead of this weekend's Sky Bet League 2 game away at Northampton (2pm):

"The win on Tuesday was very pleasing. Weso said it to me afterwards that he didn't think he had seen a Cheltenham Town side play so well against ten men and we know how difficult it can be against ten men. The pleasing thing was that we passed it and we moved the ball around really well. We looked a good team and I thought we looked good in the first half too and there were glimpses. That is how we want to play and we have to set our standards that high. That was our new best of the season and we've got to make sure we get up to that every week now.

"We didn't drop people but we did freshen it up and we needed too after a tough game on Saturday where everyone played 90 minutes. It needed freshening up, a slightly different approach and it worked. Craig (Braham-Barrett) was out with his injury so Matt Richards went back there and did a really good job. I thought David Noble came in and got us playing and we also asked Sam Deering for more end product. Most players would love to play in that role behind two strikers and we've got to use that a little more. Jermaine has been very effective away from home in that role but it just needed a little tinkering.

"I listened to the radio yesterday and this morning and managers are still finding out about their best teams and it's the same here. We have had quite a turnaround this season for us and sometimes it does take time to find your absolute best team. I thought they responded really well to conceding two disappointing late goals against Rochdale.

"Can we play with the same freedom away from home at Northampton on a Saturday afternoon? I'm not sure but they are a decent side and they will not be where they are at the end of the season. They have got some really good players, a really good manager and they will soon be climbing that table. We've just got to make sure we get something from Saturday.

"I don't think Craig Braham-Barrett will be fit for the weekend but we'll look at him today. It's precaution but I don't think he'll be available.

"Russell Milton and Jamie Victory are doing well with the youth system and it's good to see one or two players coming through. We regularly step them up in training and Harry Williams has come out of nowhere. Ashley Vincent had to go home because of a family emergency so we had a place spare on the bench so we called him into the squad because he deserves it. He has done well and it has been noticed. If they're good enough then we have no hesitation to put them on but it's about the right time when we use them. Harry deserve his ten minutes of glory as it was for players like Zack (Kotwica), Bobbie (Dale) and Joe (Hanks) but now it's up to them now to really try and get in our thoughts.

"We've had some good battles over years as clubs. They beat us in the play-off semi-finals so I'm hoping there is a bit of an edge to us because they took a chance of playing at Wembley and getting promotion away from us so there is a little bit of hurt about it but we've got a pretty much new team so we must try and be as competitive and organised as we were the other night.

"I don't think our start to the season has anything to do with a play-off hangover. It's because we haven't started very well but both teams will be nowhere near where they are now. We have to both earn the right to move up that table and we've done that over the last month. We've won three games out of the five. We know we have to string results back to back but we could have been talking about three wins on the spin bar a couple of silly mistakes against Rochdale. Ifs, buts and maybes don't mean anything though and Tuesday gave us real belief that we can start climbing the table."

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