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Yates: Wary Of Wycombe

17 March 2014

Mark Yates looks ahead to tomorrow night's home clash against Wycombe Wanderers.

Robins manager Mark Yates speaking to the press ahead of tomorrow's Sky Bet League 2 game versus Wycombe (7.45pm):

Click here to watch Mark's full press call on Robins Player.

"A win is a win and it was needed to put even more distance between ourselves and Torquay. In the first half I thought we were average at best and we lacked belief and energy but I thought that came in the second half and we were pretty good. We could have had a few more goals and we should have had a penalty when Byron (Harrison) went down. I thought he made a difference. A win is a win and, at this stage of the season, we want to play great football but sometimes you just need to try and get points on the board.

"Byron got a whack on Tuesday against Oxford and couldn't start and we thought he could only play 25-30 minutes. We needed an injection of something and I thought he came on and was bright and positive. That is what I wanted and that had a big bearing on the us changing the game.

"Wycombe Wanderers are a decent club with a lovely ground and Gareth (Ainsworth) has done a decent job down there but it has been a strange league this year. They have had a couple of good results of late and you have got to be wary of that because they aren't a bad side. I have seen them and also watched DVDs of them. They can be a threat and they've nicked some good results of late when it looked like they were going to be dragged into it but, like Torquay, they will be scrapping and fighting for their lives. I thought Torquay just wanted it a bit more than us in the first half because they came out fighting and we were just waiting for something to happen. We got into half time without any real scares and thinking we could only get better which fortunately we did. We have got to start brightly against Wycombe tomorrow night. They have got some good player but we must make sure we compete right from the first whistle.

"We have a couple of bumps and bruises but nothing too bad and pretty much everyone has come out of the game on Saturday okay. I think David (Noble) is a player we need to get on the pitch as quick as we can whether that is tomorrow, Saturday or the following Tuesday. We will have a look at him today but I'm not sure whether the supporters of yourselves noticed but he was working very hard after the game on Saturday. I want to get him up to speed as fast as I can but unfortunately we play Saturday-Tuesday and you have to be careful about what you get into him. We wanted to give him a 25 minutes blast with the ball after the game on Saturday after playing half an hour. He came through well and he worked hard. He was blowing and I need him to be blowing because that will benefit him whether he plays tomorrow or Saturday. We will try to make the right decision.

"We will be mindful of Wycombe but we've also got to enjoy the little run we're on. We are four games unbeaten and we have played some tough teams so now we will try and win the next game. We need another win at least and we need another win tomorrow night because it is our next game. We then have another nine games to go and 8th place is a possibility."

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