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Cheltenham Town: Mark Yates to move for deadline day loan

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 20, 2012

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CHELTENHAM Town boss Mark Yates wants to make at least one signing before this week's loan deadline.

Ahead of tonight's trip to Chesterfield, Yates said there would be no knee-jerk reaction to Saturday's 4-2 defeat at Rotherham United, but he confirmed he will be asking chairman Paul Baker for funds.

Once the window shuts at 5pm on Thursday, clubs are not able to sign any players until January 1.

Cheltenham will receive £67,925 for their televised FA Cup second round home tie against Hereford United and Yates is hoping some of that can be used to strengthen his squad.

"Let's hope some of the funds can be spent on players and I have spoken to the chairman about that," Yates said.

"The loan window closes on Thursday and there will be no panic buys, but we'll see where we are.

"There will be no knee-jerk reaction and we'll see how we come out of the Chesterfield match and see what needs to be done between now and Christmas."

Right-back Sido Jombati is expected to be back in contention for the trip to Northampton Town on December 8.

He is recovering from a double hernia operation which he underwent a week ago.

Keith Lowe will continue to deputise at Chesterfield and Yates has no other injury worries.

"Sido had been struggling on for a couple of months and there is never a good time to have an operation like that," Yates said.

"It was a case of needs must and he was in too much pain to carry on, but it's all gone well and he should be back for Northampton."

Yates has told his players in no uncertain terms that he expects a vast improvement after their setback at Rotherham.

He took the squad through the DVD of their second away defeat of the season at the training ground yesterday.

"We got a fantastic start, but we only played well for 50 seconds," Yates said.

"We didn't do the things we've been good at, we were tepid, bullied and let them do what they wanted.

"Maybe we thought we could stroll through the game as we scored so early and we didn't channel our efforts in the right way.

"Tonight is all about the lads putting it right. I was fuming on Saturday, but I still believe in them. They just needed to believe in themselves a bit more."

Cheltenham have not scored in their last seven matches against Chesterfield.

They are yet to beat the Spireites in ten previous meetings and Damian Spencer is the only Robins player ever to have scored against the Derbyshire club.

■ Former Cheltenham Town winger Martin Devaney is on trial with League One Portsmouth.

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  • CTFCScout  |  November 20 2012, 10:38PM

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