Yates looking forward to tough home game
Mark Yates looks ahead to Saturday's home game against Bristol Rovers.
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Form going into Saturday
We’re doing alright, no more than that. We’re building without looking over our shoulders nervously. We’re relatively happy with our form the last eight games, we needed to win games and enthuse the home support, but we didn’t do it at the start of the season. But now we know what it takes to win at home and get the crowd excited. I think the FA Cup game against Luton was our best performance of the season, despite the result, and we will need something similar on Saturday.
Bristol Rovers visit
Bristol are a big club with a great fan base. They were unlucky to be relegated but they bounced back quickly which is vital because if you stay down there for too long then you might struggle to find your way back into the Football League. Fair play to Darrell (Clarke) and his squad, not just for promotion, but for getting up the table as well. They have done a great job so far this season.
Players' mood and training
I’ve had a good day watching the players work towards Saturday, there’s a good spirit within the club and squad. Ardingly College are brilliant and do a fantastic job with the (training ground) pitches, considering the weather. I've been very impressed with the attitude over the last six or so weeks, it's been spot on and everything is smoother when the results go your way obviously. We've got players chomping at the bit to get in the team and then those working hard to keep their place in the side which is a good mix.
Jon Ashton took a whack to his cheek bone, he was feeling dazed and came off against Exeter but he's trained and will be okayfor this Saturday. We've still got Joe McNerney and Lanre Oyebanjo sidelined at the moment, but other than that everyone else has trained and are fit for this weekend and we have Josh Yorwerth back with us too.