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Yates: Up To The Players

12 September 2013

Mark Yates believes the players must take ownership and he is confident they will turn the corner.

Robins chief Mark Yates talking to the media ahead of this weekend's match versus Oxford United:

"We are 6 games into the season with 40 left so there are plenty of points to play for. We are trying to get to know the squad better as we can and we are trying to be as good as we can as quickly as we can. It's part of football and we put pressure on ourselves to be successful. We have had some success in the past few seasons so that is added pressure. It's a new season and we haven't started particularly well but we are out of nothing right now.

"Belief, consistency, sticking together when things don't quite go your way, hard work and commitment - these are the things we need to make sure we deliver. I have no doubt that we will but we are letting in silly goals and it's effecting us across the pitch. We have to address that but we must also keep playing out football and hopefully the two will marry up together and I'm sure they will. You're waiting for that first home win and that bit of something that will spark you off. It's up to the players that play Saturday to try and be the one or the team that gets us going.

"Although we need to keep working defensively you have also got to keep playing and better than we have done. We need to improve all over the pitch and just because we need to work at the back, it doesn't mean it can't start from the top of the pitch. It's a normal training week and we are trying to give them confidence and the ideas in their mind.

"Troy Brown and Craig Braham-Barrett are a no this weekend but Ryan Inniss should be okay. Jamie is not as good as we hoped and I'm not sure he will be available this weekend. There's always something and if you get one thing right then it's the other. I'm pretty sure a calf and a shoulder aren't related so it's just one of those things. Jamie has been working hard on his fitness levels and unfortunately he is just feeling his calf a little.

"It'll be a great game for us. It's a local derby if you like and as close as we can play against a side that are unbeaten, three in three away from home and who will be supported by a big noisy crowd who will get behind them. It will be a good test for us. It's the kind of game you want to be involved in and it should give you inspiration to want to play in front of a good crowd. There will be a good atmosphere, the pitch will be good and we need to make sure we deal with them as well as playing our game.

"The players do take ownership and they have too. We can talk throughout the week and set problems for them to solve but when they cross that white line, it's them. The thing I was disappointed with most on Saturday was individual mistakes because we defended quite well but we keep lapsing. More than anything else it is about trusting yourself and doing your job. If you can be better than your opponent then we have a great chance of winning games.

"I like Chris (Wilder) and he is a great bloke. He is a football man and I'm glad it's happening for him. They have started really well, they have got some really good players and they have a good camaraderie but so do we and it's not quite coming out when you don't win games all the time."

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