Date: 25th November 2013 at 4:45pm
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Manager Mark Yates has said that Cheltenham can have no room for sentiment when we face off against Bristol Rovers tomorrow night as we have to focus on the final result.

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of tomorrow nights encounter which kicks off at 7.45pm, the gaffer said that we hadn’t suffered any major knocks at the weekend in the draw against Newport County and that he was working on hopefully bringing somebody in ahead of the close of the emergency loan window, but for now all eyes had to be on the Rovers game and getting us three points.

‘Everyone seems okay. There were a few bumps and bruises but no major knocks. Nothing should influence my team. It’s a nice position to be in and we need them all firing. Jermaine McGlashan is pushing for a start without a doubt and we’ve got to decide which way we’re going and we’ll make those decision.’

Obviously being a local derby it stands for a little bit more than normal, but Yates doesn’t want anyone getting carried away with the occasion or overbilling the game. The fans can enjoy the atmosphere but for him it’s important the players stick to the game plan, perform to their best and treat it as any other game to ensure we come out with the right result.

Once that happens, they can enjoy the local element to it.

Pleasingly though for him as we head into the game, he feels we have started to build up some decent momentum now and the players are trusting in each other, playing themselves into some form and the individual belief in rising nicely following our run of five games unbeaten, but there is still plenty more to do, plenty more to work on but he feels we have definitely turned the corner now, so it’s about building on it and extending that run as best we can, but with as many wins as possible and not just draws.

The gaffer adds that in some ways with Rovers missing a few players through suspension it could make our jobs easier, but by the same token those that come in will be wanting to make a statement and a derby is the perfect place to produce a performance that gives the manager a headache, so we can’t take them lightly, and we can’t underestimate or feel sorry for them because of that. We must maintain our professional nature and put them to the sword the best way we can.

For Yates, John Ward certainly wouldn’t be inclined to show us any favours in the game and whilst it’ll be a nice reunion after the final whistle, prior to that it’s a game to be won anyway we can, because that’s how they’ll be approaching things.

As for the potential loan deal, Yates says we’ll ‘probably’ have somebody in for Saturday and calls have been made, and answers are being awaited. But that will be something to pick up following the game and not before.