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Yates: Nothing To Fear

7 March 2014

Mark Yates believes his players will show no fear despite the expected atmosphere this weekend.

Robins manager Mark Yates speaking to the media ahead of this weekend's away day at Fratton Park:

Click here to watch Mark's press call in full.

"We have won two out of the last three and had a mad 10 minutes against Chesterfield so six points from three tough games is a decent return. The games are coming thick and fast for us now and a couple of different challenges for us on the back of a win and we're down at Fratton Park to play Portsmouth where there will be a decent crowd and that is something else for us to deal with.

"Portsmouth have got some good players and experience and a fairly new manager who is trying to get them playing how he wants them to play. They played very well on Monday night at Chesterfield and it will be a big crowd by the sounds of it because they are trying to get a few in. We must make sure that doesn't affect us but, apart from that, there is very little difference between the sides and we have nothing to fear. We must play with the same attitude and work ethic and, if we do that, then we'll give ourselves a good chance because we aren't bad on the road.

"Neil (Howarth) has just read Harry Redknapp's book and brought it to me but those names are not there now. They are a League Two team now. They are a big club in this division for sure but we must impose ourselves on the game whilst being respectful and mindful that they have got some good players but we have nothing to fear.

"David Noble is travelling with the squad and he has had a good week on the training ground. Hopefully we'll get him involved as quick as we can and, if we had been on the back of a defeat, we may have been desperate to get him back in but it'll be the right time for him. He will be in the squad and travelling but he probably won't start.

"The 2-2 draw was a long time ago and we played well enough to win but we had to come back from 2-1 down. It's fresh circumstances and we must make sure we go with the right attitude and if we do that then we have a chance."

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