Yates Demands So Much More
Manager Mark Yates is still smarting about our loss to Accrington Stanley in our last league match, and he's not expecting a response from the players, he's demanding one as we head into the game against Plymouth Argyle this weekend.
Speaking to the Official Site as we bid to put the woeful two one defeat behind us, the gaffer said that following the game there has been a fair bit of introspection at the club based on where we are in the league, where we are as a squad, our form and effort levels, and importantly what we are trying to do and there is absolutely no hiding the fact that our performance overall against Accrington was just not good enough when allied to the standards we should be holding ourselves to.
'Saturday was not good enough and we know that, but we've got the chance to go down to Plymouth and put that right. We need to improve all over the pitch to be honest. Whatever team we play needs to go out with the right intentions. We were lacking hard work and know how for the first 45 minutes and that is disappointing. We tried to play a slightly different system but it's a system (442) everyone has grown up with and played for years. It didn't work and the main reason for that was a lack of hard work on and off the ball.'
Following on from the last game Yates does admit that there could well be two or so changes to the starting line up because he really wasn't happy with the performance, and he doesn't believe that anybody who played in the game can be happy with their own performance so if they end up dropped it's not like that can complain, and he talks about David Noble as well saying that he'd love to say he's firing on all cylinders again, but a scan has shown no real problems, so it's something in head that is stopping him from playing, but that's something you have to respect as he knows his own body, but he will be missing again this weekend, but hopefully he'll be back for our next match.
As for Plymouth more directly the gaffer feels it could be an interesting game because we definitely know what they are capable of doing as they have put us to the sword twice on home soil this campaign, but that is something he wants to put right and he's called on the players to be right to make that happen.
As for any remaining moves in the market before the window shuts, he also confirms that he doesn't expect anything to happen ahead of the game on Saturday, but one or two things may come to fruition early next week as there are obviously things going on in the background.