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Boss on Cambridge visit

7 January 2016

Club News

Boss on Cambridge visit

7 January 2016

Mark Yates on Saturday's game, injury update and efforts to improve the squad

Mark Yates shares his thoughts ahead of the visit of Cambridge for our first home game of 2016 in Sky Bet League Two

Cambridge visit
They are an attacking threat but it's down to us to deal with that and expose them in other areas. 
I like (manager) Shaun Derry and I think he's done very well since he's gone there, he's got a big playing squad that's brimming with quality as well. 
We've got to be wary, they suffered a heavy defeat last weekend and will be looking to bounce back. We've won our last six games out of seven at home though so we'll keep doing what we're doing, work hard and I have no worries that whoever starts will fight to keep our home form rolling.

Away form
We'll address the away form in a few weeks when we face Yeovil because I'm purely focussed on Cambridge.
Certain things haven’t come off this season so we’ll try again, but we are where we are. We’re 14th and we're reasonably okay with that but we need to kick on and I think some fresh faces will help the group do this.

Transfer news
I’ve probably got the smallest squad in the world at the moment! In an ideal world we’d liked to have done our transfer window business early, but we’re not in that position obviously and we won't do something for the sake of it. 
We need players that will come in, compliment the group that we have here and help us push up the table. My phone’s not stopped for the last week and I've not stopped chasing targets. 
We'll wait and see what type of signings we make, however we're trying to do all we can to make the next four months as smooth as possible. We want to entertain our fans and challenge for where we want to be in the table which is to finish as high as possible.

Injury news
It's no secret that Jimmy (Smith) has broken a bone in his foot. He's been terrific since I walked in the door and works with a great attitude and chips in with a goal here and there.
It’s a blow but that’s football and it allows an opportunity for someone to come in. Lanre (Oyebanjo) is looking strong and we're just waiting to get him involved with the boys at the moment but we are struggling for grass pitches to train on, although we're not alone in that. 
Joe (McNerney) had a scan on his knee and there was a little spur of bone that they’re going to take out so it'll be another 4-5 weeks until he's back. It's probably going to be a huge bonus if we can see him back this season. 
Josh (Yorwerth) felt his hamstring against Portsmouth and had to come off but he's looking much better.

Loan players return to parent clubs
The loan returns do leave us short. That said I'd like to thank Christian (Scales), Josh (Emmanuel), Mitch (Hancox) and Rhys (Murphy) for their efforts whilst at the club. They all had varying degrees of success but all contributed to the group. 

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