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Yates: Players Stepped Up

22 February 2014

A delighted Mark Yates was full of praise for his players following the win over Newport today.

Robins manager Mark Yates speaking to the media following this afternoon's 1-0 win over Newport County:

"I thought we were good today. We were good on the break and we limited them because Browny has only had one shot to deal with in the first half. They had 33 crosses one of the lads has just told me but we won everything because we wanted to. We have been far from perfect this season but performances like that give you heart. We had a good chat this week and the boys have delivered.


"I can't take anything from them because they were great led by Stevie (Elliott) and Michael (Ihiekwe). I thought Mitch Brundle making his league debut today was superb and it was a great ball for the goal. Jermaine did what he does best and outpaced people and Ashley Vincent for 45 minutes was very good as well.

"It's time for people to step up although we probably can't do anything but we can still finish 8th and with desire and commitment like that, as well as some of the football we played, we've got a chance.

"We have been working on a few things this week. I knew what shape I was going to play and I knew 7 or 8 of the players I was going to play but it was just a case of nailing the other 3 or 4 positions down. Mitch has been training really well and he deserved his chance. A few things in training looked good and a few things didn't looks so good and I couldn't really fill that left hand side berth but Ash (Vincent) trained with Weso on Thursday in a tough session. That might be the lease of life he needs and the spark we need and I thought he provided that. He knocked in three or four great crosses which we haven't been putting in and he scored a goal. If Byron had seen him and squared it to him then he could have had two and it would have made things a little easier for us. He was good and I said to the Chairman in January that we decided to keep him. He hasn't had the best of starts or half a season but we know if we can get the best out of him then we have a good player. Blame is the wrong word but I need to take my fair share of that and I thought he showed a lot of character. He hasn't trained so to come here and put in a performance like that helped produce a spark.

"I came here on Tuesday night to watch them play Oxford. Newport battered Oxford from the first whistle to the last whistle. They pummeled them, they pumped balls into the box, they got it wide and put crosses in but Oxford scored the first time they were in their half. Newport kept on going because they have a lot of energy. I just thought we were going to set up nice and solid and strong. With the pace of the front four and Terry, who was excellent, I thought we could get in behind them. I felt we were comfortabe and there's not many times you can say that. It has been a good week culminating in a good three points. We want to finish the season strongly and it hasn't been by design that we haven't been as good this season but our standards haven't been as good. It's a tough league but that said, it's a good three points because it's a tough place to come and they have a good home record here."

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