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Yates: Build On Victory

24 February 2014

Mark Yates is keen for his Robins to show their potential and build on victory against Chesterfield on Tuesday.

Robins manager Mark Yates speaking to the media ahead of Tuesday night's home match versus Chesterfield (7.45pm):

Click here for the full press call available on Robins Player.

"I think Saturday (win at Newport) could be massive but what we have to ensure is that, when we speak again on Thursday, we have managed to build on the performance, resilience and character we showed. We have been out of sorts recently results-wise but we have shown what we can be about. We showed tenacity, good football and we scored a good goal as well as limited a team who scores at home every week to not scoring at all and not having too many chances. It gives us something to build on.

"I thought the back four in front of Scotty were superb. People in front of them were doing their jobs and it was far more like what we are after. If we put in more performances like that then we will be higher in the table.

"Ashley has to be ready to play. He scored the winner, put a few great crosses in and linked play really well. Sometimes situations change where you throw someone in and ask them to get on with it and Ash stepped up to the plate brilliantly. This is his opportunity now and his opportunity to show people what he is about. We know already what he is about but we want him to actually go and do it and on Saturday he really took the bull by the horns and produced for us. It was great to see. He can be like a new signing for us. There was talk of him leaving the club in January but I said there would be a time and a place for him. That was probably 4 weeks later than I anticipated because he picked up a hamstring injury in a warm-up before a game a couple of weeks ago. Sometimes you need some inspiration, your luck to change or a spark from somewhere and I felt he did that for us on Saturday.

"When you get beaten and you don't win games, it can be a lonely Saturday evening and Sunday but I had a great weekend and I finally smiled when I got home. You see things in a different light and you start looking up and thinking about what you can achieve but we wont get ahead of ourselves and let's aim to finish 8th right now. I think we can do that but the boys have got to show that week in and week out. We have a got a squad of players I'm happy with but I just haven't been able to find the right formula but, like I said, hopefully we can be talking later in the week about a decent result against strong opposition.

"We have lost one less game than Fleetwood but we just haven't won enough and we have drawn too many. It has been too many defeats and I understand that but now we have to set ourselves the challenge of winning as many games as we can and to be as competitive in the next 15 games. We are three points off 8th but I don't know how many we are off third bottom so we don't have to let that worry us and we have to make sure we are right at it now.

"Chesterfield are the best team we played from earlier in the season. I like them and Paul Cook's teams always play good football and he has an array of attacking options and defenders that have played higher. It's going to be a really tough game especially on the back of losing the last two games. They will be smarting like a wounded animal and will want to bounce back so we must make sure we show the resilience, character and defending capabilities that we showed on Saturday so we can try and get something out of the game."

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