Date: 7th August 2014 at 7:50pm
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Manager Mark Yates has said he’s very optimistic ahead of the League Two opener against Bury on Saturday.

Cheltenham take on the side heavily tipped for promotion in our first real action of the season, and speaking to the Official Site ahead of the game, Yates said that he felt we had plenty to be optimistic and hopeful about.

‘It has to be a new era. Everyone should have optimism and have belief in what we’re trying to do. We are two days away but we have put a lot of work in and we have changed one or two things but it has been a tough pre season. There have been games we have done well in and there has been some where we haven’t. The real stuff starts now and all the work we put in must start to come to fruition.’

Yates continues to say that he doesn’t expect us to be ‘all singing and all dancing’ on Saturday, but he does expect that certain things will come through in our play and our desire to show that things have been taken on board and will continue to be improved upon as the weeks progress.

‘Of course we are all looking forward to it. Last year was disappointing for what the expectations had become. I don’t know what people’s expectations are this year but mine are a damn sign better than last year in terms of what we achieved. I think we are more than capable but we are a couple of players lighter than what we would have wanted to be.’

On that score, he hopes to address that over the coming weeks as well and he’s hopeful that maybe we can get one more through the door before the game, and ultimately to have at least three more before the end of the month – even if two of those are loans as people become available this weekend on that basis.