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Yates: Momentum Important

22 August 2014

Mark Yates pleased with his squad so far and is ready for a tough Tranmere test.

Mark Yates speaking to earlier today ahead of this weekend's match away at Tranmere Rovers:

"We always knew that Carlisle were going to be tough. They came and matched us up but they had a real fight about them and they do have some very good players. For me it was a really good point after two decent wins in the league. It's important that we try to keep that momentum going.

"We want to be able to play good football but it's also important that we are able to stick it out sometimes. I think we showed on Tuesday that we can do that.

"Tranmere had a good win in midweek over Wycombe who have had a good start so we know it will be a tough one but we go there unbeaten in the league, with some confidence and we aim to do ourselves proud. The lads are comfortable with how we're playing and what we're trying to do and if we can improve steadily then we'll be okay.

"I saw Jordan (Wynter) a couple of times last year so I spoke to Steve (Cotterill) because of the good reports that we had. We made an enquiry and he said no a couple of weeks ago but we need a few more bodies who can go into our team to improve us. He will be competing for a place in the team because he has energy, legs and he's a good footballer. It was a bit of a no brainer really and I'm delighted we have got him. With Asa being out we needed some competition within the group. Of course there's a chance that he could stay longer than that month but we wanted to get him signed on a month to start with and then see how the next ten days pan out and we can then extend it if we want too.

"Prenton Park is a good stadium and a nice pitch. We played well up there a few years ago in the cup and we deserved our win but it's a new team and a new manager and they have some really good players. We've got to go and do things properly because if we don't then we will be found out but if we get the attitude and commitment that the players have shown since the start of the season then we'll have no problem. You're not always going to go up there and win games but we set out to impose ourselves and take all three points.

"There are no injuries apart from Asa. We changed things around a little this week and came in on Wednesday morning for a warm-down so everyone could have a day off yesterday with the reserve game being played on Wednesday too. It's a long trip tomorrow morning so we thought a nice bright session this morning would be the right thing for everyone.

"I'm pleased with how the squad has started but we need a few more bodies and I have always said that. Jordan coming in will help that but we are still after one or two more. My remit when we finished last season was to improve us and I think the quality we have got and the youngsters we have coming through are helping that. There has also been an emphasis on teamwork and spirit. We are a better unit now and I feel far more confident and trusting of them. They are a good group and they have done well so far but we won't get ahead of ourselves. We are working really hard on a new shape or formation and the boys are listening to what we are asking of them but more importantly they are doing exactly what we ask of them and it's proving to be a good start for us."

Cheltenham Town are 19/10 to win this weekend. Read about the best odds in our Sky Bet preview here.

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