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Yates: One Game At A Time

21 March 2014

Mark Yates looks ahead to this weekend's away game at AFC Wimbledon.

Robins manager Mark Yates speaking to the local media ahead of this weekend's away day at AFC Wimbledon:

Mark's full press call will be available on Robins Player shortly.

"It's there for us to do (make the play-offs) and if someone is going to come out of the pack and make a charge then we have to try and make it us but we will take it one game at a time. I want my boys to be positive and if I am setting them up to aim for 8th and they want to go for 7th then even better. We will take care of each game as it comes because we obviously need to win. It's a strange league and it has been strange all season. You don't know what it takes to stay safe or to make the play-offs. We will just try to win as many games as we can and we are on a decent run of form. The effort, work rate and commitment is there for all to see but we've just got to convert some draws into wins.

"It's a toss of a coin this season and it is down to who is the best on the day whether it's home or away. Even Chesterfield aren't on the greatest run of form and at the moment it is Rochdale who are showing the most consistency this season and are top of the league. Scunthorpe have only lost four games all season and yet they're not winning the league. It's a baffling one. We must go to Wimbledon tomorrow and be positive, hard working and with a little bit of luck we'll get the win we need for three points.

"Neal Ardley knows the times of day and he has got a good squad that is pretty much all fit as is ours so it will be a decent game. They have played various formations of late so we can't be second guessing them so we must concentrate on ourselves to make sure we do what we have been doing of late and try to improve on it all the time.

"I think we're okay (injuries). We have had Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday for a couple of weeks and it can take it's toll so we need to get the right personnel out there and take a look at one or two. A couple looked a little leggy after the game on Tuesday so I'll take a look at them today and I might freshen it up with one or two but I don't see too much change about us.

"It's a tight little stadium and you get a bit of stick from behind the dugouts but it's a good place to go and the pitch isn't too bad either apparently. We have had a couple of decent games down there. I imagine it will be tight and imagine it will be played at a decent tempo but also a lot fairness because both sides have good footballers and hopefully we come out on top.

"There's always stuff that goes on (behind the scenes) like we're trying to sort out pre-season now but the main focus has to be winning against Wimbledon taking Scunthorpe into account and then Hartlepool away next week. That has to be where we are exactly and 100% but, that said, there is always something going on behind the scenes like planning, forward thinking and getting a little percentage ahead of our opponents."

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