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Cheltenham Town: Boss Yates admits Robins 'need help' to boost promotion hopes

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 28, 2013

Cheltenham Town v Rochdale

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MARK Yates is hoping to complete two signings early this week having admitted his Cheltenham Town team "need help" to get their promotion push back on track, writes Jon Palmer.

Swindon Town target man Paul Benson was at Cheltenham's goalless home draw with Rochdale on Friday night, but Yates said a deal with the 33-year-old was not certain.

He is, however, known to be pursuing other attacking options and he is also close to finalising a permanent deal for a midfielder who may be the closest thing Cheltenham have had to Yates himself since he left in 2004.

"We are not having the best of times at the moment and I can't deflect from that," Yates said after watching his team fail to break down Rochdale.

"I need a good week on the training ground with them and one or two bodies in to help us, which we are close to doing.

"We huffed and puffed and probably should have scored a couple, but we didn't work their goalkeeper enough for a home side in the position we are in and we are not right at the minute."

Yates was keen to emphasise that with 18 matches left to be played, Cheltenham still remain well positioned for at least a play-off place, despite many teams bunching up below them.

"We need to find our form, but the players must keep believing because we are not out of anything," Yates said.

"We are three unbeaten and it could be three good points further down the line, but it's not quite happening for us at the moment and we are not on top of our game."

Yates knows his team must score more goals if they are to have a chance of playing League One football next season, but he refused to pin the blame solely on his front players.

"Goals aren't our forte at the moment, but we are not creating enough clear-cut opportunities for our strikers.

"We are giving them scraps to feed off, so we have to address that. We have good players and we can be pleased with another good clean sheet, but at home we try to win every game, so it's disappointing," he said.

"Our final effort on goal hasn't been clinical enough and we are not in the best of form right now, but we are in there fighting with 18 games to go and we can kick on with the new additions too."

Manchester United youngster Luke McCullough was an unused substitute having arrived on loan a few hours before kick-off and Yates said he would be pushing for a start soon.

"Luke is a good player and a good defender, who will add to what we already have," Yates said.

"He is a good size and an athlete. He has had to bide his time and have a look at it on Friday, but he will be good for us."

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