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Yates: Odds Against Us

24 March 2014

Mark Yates admits the odds are against his teams with Scunthorpe United coming to town.

Robins manager Mark Yates speaking to the media this morning ahead of Tuesday night's game v. Scunthorpe (7.45pm):

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

"It's certainly good to have a game on Tuesday and we are really looking forward to Scunthorpe at home now. It is probably the ideal game to be fair. No-one gives us a chance, they are on a great unbeaten run and Russ (Wilcox) hasn't lost in the league since going there as manager so the odds are against us.

"I am greatly encouraged by the performance on Saturday. We need to sort out the goals we conceded for sure but some of the stuff we were playing was decent and how we haven't got anything from the game remains to be seen. No-one gives us a chance so this is the game we need.

"Defensively all of the goals we conceded on Saturday were poor. I said on Saturday, and I will say it again now, it wasn't just the defenders because there were times when everybody could have done something a bit better when it came to giving the goals away. For 70 minutes we looked a really good side and full of confidence so to lose that game in the manner we did is poor on our part. We've all got to do that little bit more now. We have to learn very quickly from it and we will touch upon it after training today but we have a tough game tomorrow so we can go and put a few smiles on people's faces if we perform like we did for the majority of the game at Wimbledon.

"Scunthorpe are a really good side and they are unbeaten in so many games. They're still not top of the league and that just goes to show how tight it is. They have only been beaten four times this season and we have got to try and make that five. They have some good players for sure but their work ethic has been getting them results and quality strikers that can score goals. They have got some good players but we have got to show between now and the end of the season that we have good players and play well as a team for 90 minutes so we can start picking up points."

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