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Yates: No Divine Right To Win

31 January 2014

Robins manager Mark Yates speaking to the media ahead of this weekend's game at home to Northampton.

Robins manager Mark Yates speaking to the media ahead of this weekend's game at home to Northampton (3pm):

"Lee Lucas is a good young footballer and he is technically decent. He will want to get on the ball and make us play. He has impressed Swansea in the U21s and he was on the bench against Manchester United recently so we know what we've got. He is young but we know he is a good player and he's stepping up. He had a loan spell with Burton Albion which got curtailed through injury last season but we've always liked him and we've just managed to get him this time. Hopefully he'll come in and have a good month and maybe longer.

"Every manager has scouting teams that go out and watch U21 games for various reasons because you get different things from them but Lee has always been a player we have liked and that we have kept tabs on. We're happy bringing him in and he will add to the group. Without David Noble of late we have missed someone like him and Luke is like him. David won;t be ready for tomorrow. We have done various things with him but he's still not comfortable so he is getting a jab today and he'll be off it for a couple of days. Weso is very hopeful that he will be back training on Tuesday.

"Everyone else is fine and good. It has been an awkward week in terms of the weather but hopefully we'll get on the grass today. An awkward week but a good one and the players have trained really well. We have got to make sure we take that into tomorrow's game.

"I haven't spoken to the groundsman but I have just spoken to Paul Godfrey and he said that there's no problems today if the game had been on but we're in the lap of the Gods with the weather. A couple of Gloucester games have been off and ours have been off. I think everyone is having the same problems and I don't think Newport have played at home for however long. Various clubs are falling victim to it. At the moment it is playable but it depends on what happens today and tomorrow but we're keen to get the game on and keep going.

"Northampton is only a banana skin if people perceive it as playing the bottom of the league and that we should win it. I don't see it like that and far from it. You have no divine right to win but now we have the added spice of a new manager and new players. They already had a big squad of good players and they got to the play-off final last year so it is surprising to see them down there but I am sure Chris (Wilder) will galvanise them. I hope he does really well - after tomorrow.

"I cant even think about second guessing his team. He's been bringing player in to add to what he has already got and they had the players and quality there already you would have thought. We've got to make sure we are as good as we can be and deal with our disappointing home form but stay positive like we will do. We have to make sure we turn up and perform well.

"The results have been a little disappointing this month but on the whole, bar Accrington, our performances have been okay. We have got nineteen games left and we've got to go for them in every one. We will take each game as it comes and we have to get three points in as many of those games as we can and as quick as we can. Things are still achievable but for now we must win the next game.

"There might be one more little bit of business to come today. We have got a busy couple of months now and we don't need to be getting rid of players so we're not trying to get rid of anybody. We need everybody and we must push on and try to pick up as many points as we can so we need competition in the squad and we think we're getting towards that now."

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