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Yates: We Must Fight

21 October 2013

Mark Yates calls for fight and belief ahead of a big game at home to Morecambe.

Robins chief Mark Yates speaking to the media ahead of tomorrow night's home game versus Morecambe (7.45pm): 

"Saturday was tough to take. We'll need see how a couple of bodies are today so we know we have enough for tomorrow. I think we've got to keep our concentration for 90 minutes because we switched off twice. They are a decent possession side, we know that but we thwarted them for the majority of the game. I can't remember Scotty having too many saves to make but they have been clinical in the two that they've scored which have literally come from our mistakes. We worked really hard at what we were doing but we just switched off twice and that's difficult to take. We have to learn as a group and as an individual so we can make sure it doesn't happen again on Tuesday and Saturday going forward.

"We talked on Saturday and there were disappointments. In the emotion of the dressing room you say one or two things and they have their views but it's about the next game now. If we did make a mistake, and whoever made the mistake, they have to learn from it and we have to be better every time we get out on that pitch. I think we've had improvement and the spirit and work rate is there undoubtedly but we now have to keep plugging away. The division is so tight it's untrue for me so we must keep believing in what we're doing.

"I think there has been progression and we have looked better in areas. We have been tighter and stronger. Saturday was difficult to take but you have to push it away from your mind quickly and get on with it and make sure we're fighting for 3 points on Tuesday.

"Craig's facial injury is poor and it was a poor challenge. I've seen it on the DVD and I think the lad knew what he was doing. Craig is sore and has been down to the hospital so we'll see how he is mentally. I think there may be a bit of damage to the nose but I'm hopeful it won't stop him from playing. You have to deal with these things and we will. We have various things we can do and, if needed, we will do.

"Jim Bentley is a top man. Morecambe come and use our training ground every now and again and we're always texting. He's a nice man and quite rightly at this moment in time he can believe his team can do something this season. They are up there on merit with some good results particularly of late. You always know you're in for a tough game against Morecambe because they are big, strong and organised.

"There is very little wrong but right now we need to make sure that very little becomes nothing. We have to work for everything because we're not getting any luck at the moment so we'll keep sticking together and believing in what we do."

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