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Cheltenham Town: Robins boss Mark Yates set to play loan game

By JPEchoRobins  |  Posted: January 26, 2014

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MARK Yates has warned Cheltenham Town fans not to expect too much activity in the last five days of the January transfer window.

The Robins boss is chasing at least two new signings, but he said they may arrive when the loan window reopens a week into February.

He is looking for another defender and at least one midfielder, but he said he would not make any rushed decisions, determined to use the money made available to him wisely.

“Don’t get too excited because I am happy with the group I have,” Yates said.

“We need more bits and pieces, but it’s loans we’re after rather than permanent signings and I am not too fussed right now.

“I have a little bit of money and we do need reinforcements, but we might not get them before Friday.

“The loan window is only shut for a week so I won’t make knee jerk reactions and I am not desperate be-

cause I have a good starting XI.

“We are not winning enough games to make it a really good XI, but we have to keep persevering and I don’t need to make stupid signings because I don’t have money to waste.

“If the players are right we’ll do it, but I am not chasing stuff like managers can do at this time of year.”

Yates is only interested in players who can force their way straight into his team.

“The chairman (Paul Baker) won’t be happy if I spend his money and stick new players on the bench,” he said.

“There might be one or two loans, but if it doesn’t happen this week it might be in two weeks' time.

“We only have five defenders including Michael Ihiekwe (on loan from Wolves) so we could do with another body there. I am happy with my strikeforce and I can use Jermaine (McGlashan) there too, so anything new has to be better than what we have, so we’ll see what happens.”

Yates was been well-backed in the last two January windows, but a combination of this season’s early FA Cup exit and the current league position of 13th mean the board are unlikely to push the boat out.

“I have one or two targets and I might have to wait for 10 days to see if they go elsewhere,” Yates said.

“If I get them great, but I am not going to be doing too much this week.”

Yates was determined to take the positives from Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Plymouth Argyle, despite watching his team surrender yet another lead.

“I decided to watch the first half from up in the stand and to be honest, I wouldn’t have wanted to pay to watch that,” Yates said.

“We stopped them playing and did a good job on them, but I wanted more enthusiasm, drive and craft and we got that in the second half, when we were excellent right from kick-off.

“We were 1-0 up and didn’t win, so I am disappointed, but it was a much improved performance especially after three defeats. We worked hard and if we do that we’ll always have a chance as we have some good players.”

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