Writer: Site Staff
Date:Thursday October 17 2013
Manager Mark Yates has said that whilst he appreciates the game against Rochdale will be a very tough encounter, he's demanding further improvement from his players following our win against Dagenham and Redbridge in our last match.
Speaking to the Official Site Yates said he desperately wanted the players to get on a back to back winning run and retain and enjoy that winning feeling as we look to really kick start our season finally.
Looking back to the last match, Yates said that he felt we fully deserved our victory and he'd been asking the players all season to simply work harder than the opposition and against Dagenham we more than did that and he was delighted with the efforts they put in, especially as they were focused efforts as previously - as he's said - we have been working hard in the wrong areas of the pitch, instead of capitalising in the right areas.
'We stayed in the game and were strong mentally and physically so we did a good job on a team who were supposed to be flying high. It was a good win and it means we can go into this weekend with a bit of confidence.'
Yates also said that training this week had been very good and he's asking them for exactly the same this weekend as in our last game.
Pointing to the obvious, he also says that we aren't playing like Real Madrid at the moment, and we aren't at our free flowing best still, but the signs are there that we are getting back to the form we were showing last season but we really now need to kick on further and make it count, as opposed to it just being talk.
The positive is that the commitment, attitude and willingness from the team are still there, so he knows we can only get better.
As for Jamie Cureton's recent achievement, the boss added that he knew we were getting 'a good one' when we signed him and the time he was out injured has been a big loss to the team, so not only is he delighted to see him back in contention but he's delighted that having been out for a while he's back scoring and will have taken a huge boost from his 250th career goal.
Ultimately though, he also knows, that the squad have to be strong enough to cope with a loss like Cureton and not overly rely on him.
As for the departing James Wilson, he also added his thanks for his efforts and commitment whilst he was with us as clearly he is a quality player, but the bottom line is that returning to City is best for all involved because now we have players back he wouldn't necessarily have figured so keeping him to sit on the bench he doesn't feel would've been fair to the player - especially having just represented his country. He needs first team football, and we can't guarantee that now our injury concerns are a little bit brighter.
Date:Thursday October 17 2013
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