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Yates: Play Positive

2 January 2014

Mark Yates is aiming to play with positivity with two massive games up next for the Robins.

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

"We have been on an unbeaten run and I am disappointed we didn't get anything out of the game (Mansfield) and that we didn't perform to the standards we have been setting lately but I'm fine and we're onto the next one. We were disappointed we didn't play yesterday but it would have been a hectic programme with the weather and how heavy the pitches are so maybe it will do us a favour. I know we have missed out on a game but I didn't want to be picking up any little strains yesterday so as long as we get something against Chesterfield then I will be a happy man.


"Being bullied has been a rarity this season. What we have been good at is being competitive of late and really getting about teams but with our football as well. We have found the right blend recently but not on Sunday. We didn't play quickly enough but we also didn't win the second ball enough. Sometimes against teams like that you need to roll your sleeves up and we didn't do that as well as we have been of late.

"Chesterfield certainly won't be as defensive-minded and as time wasting as Mansfield were - I'm pretty sure of that. They will come and play their normal game I would imagine because they are at the top for a reason. They have some quality players and we know that but we're in far better form than we were up there earlier in the season and I don't think that result has any bearing on this game. We are a different team now and hopefully we can get set about them how we have done of late.

"They have lots of attacking players but they have one of the best defensive records in the league and that is a sign of a good team who can get promotion. We know the task ahead of us will be tough but we will give it our best shot.

"Everyone can beat everybody in our league. We are nine points off the top of the table behind Chesterfield and Burton so we're not too far behind. We're going to have to take points off teams in and around us and above us so we have got to be positive and we will be. We have a few days of good training now and we'll try to be as good as we can be on Saturday.

"Steve Elliott is fine and there are no problems so he should be available.

"For various reasons nothing will be tied down (loan players) until after Saturday probably but we are doing all we can. Everyone knows that the lack of an FA Cup run means we haven't got a pot which we can go out and spend so it's a case of generating your own money which we have done with Keith Lowe. We are hoping to use that wisely. We are in negotiations and trying to talk to the clubs. I spoke to West Brom and they want to get the weekend over and they haven't got a permanent manager at the moment but I have spoken to Keith Downing and it's just a case of touching base again next week. I spoke to Shrewsbury before Wednesday and we'll talk again before the weekend and it's the same with Steve Evans up at Rotherham about David Noble. We haven't seen Toby Ajala yet but we brought him in as cover and we know he has ability so I'll let you know about that along with the others."

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