Date: 31st October 2013 at 9:36pm
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Manager Mark Yates has said that despite Cheltenham’s improving form of late, even if the results of games haven’t always gone for us, he wants us to keep pushing for further improvement and for us to keep our foot on the gas in games, so we get the very most we deserve from them.

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the game against York City this weekend, the gaffer said he really believed that we were finally starting to play ourselves into some form and he’s pleased with how things have turned around the pitch in the last month, but he knows there is still plenty more to come from the squad and despite the improvement so far, he’s not going to let anyone forget that we aren’t there yet.

‘I just want the boys to keep doing what they’re doing. We should have won on Saturday and it was a bit disappointing that we didn’t kill them off because we created numerous chances, but we didn’t win so it’s important we get back to winning ways as soon as we can and that’s York on Saturday.’

Yates specifically wants to see us become more ruthless and clinical in front of goal, as whilst he’s pleased with the chances we are creating, we are still lacking the killer edge to put them in the back of the net and make the most of them.

‘It’s not often enough that we have been on top in games but on Saturday we were and it was a real example of how we should have kept our foot on the gas and got another goal.’

Just like in his after match interviews, Yates says the performance on the day was very pleasing and we can go into our next match full of heart and confidence really, especially as the signs are that our best football is coming and ahead of us, but it was an opportunity for three points that we let slip – almost with a whimper.

One thing that does please Yates is that despite how we have started the season and the way we have struggled, we are only ten points off top place in the league, so we aren’t cut adrift, hopes of a promotion battle aren’t dashed and all it needs is a good run of four-five victories and we will really close the gap and push ourselves up the table quite quickly. Results on top of that should put us where we want to be ultimately.

As for injury news ahead of the game, the gaffer explained that the match will probably come too soon for Stevie Elliott although he has had a good week’s training so shouldn’t be too far off. Craig Braham-Barrett is also close as the pain has subsided, and Jermaine McGlashan is 50/50 at the moment, but again we won’t be rushing him back. He also hopes to have Ashley Vincent back in contention this weekend as well.