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Cheltenham Town: 'Wycombe victory must be our blueprint'

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 27, 2012

  • that's the way to do it: Jermaine McGlashan adds the final goal as the Robins beat Wycombe Wanderers 4-0 at the Abbey Business Stadium

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MARK Yates has demanded the qualities shown by Cheltenham Town in their 4-0 demolition of Wycombe Wanderers yesterday on a regular basis.

The Robins bounced back from their 4-1 capitulation at Rochdale last Friday by registering their biggest win of the season so far, maintaining their place in the top three of League Two.

The goals came from Jake Taylor, Jeff Goulding, Darryl Duffy and Jermaine McGlashan and Yates said it was an altogether more acceptable effort compared with a shambolic effort at Spotland.

"It was a case of the boys putting right what was very evidently wrong on Friday night," Yates said.

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"We've had a tough couple of days since then, but the boys have responded in the right way, as I knew they would.

"As bad as we were on Friday, we were good today."

Yates singled out midfielder Russ Penn for setting the tone during the first half with a dominant display in the middle of the pitch. It is the attitude of Penn that he wants to see consistently from his team during the second half of the campaign.

"Russ epitomised what I want from my team with his performance," Yates said.

"We showed grit and determination and what it takes to win matches.

"On Friday we looked like we thought we just could turn up and win matches. We gifted Rochdale chances and didn't heed the warnings, carrying on in the same lethargic manner.

"But against Wycombe we showed aggression, tempo and more pressing in the opening two minutes than we did in 95 minutes at Rochdale.

"That's pleasing and when we play on the front foot and like we did today we look a half decent side.

"As long as we perform with same energy and purpose as we did today, we'll be fine."

Yesterday was the third anniversary of Yates' first match in charge, a 1-0 home defeat by AFC Bournemouth.

"I always want more off the players, but when you look at where we were three years ago, we are a million miles ahead of that time," he said.

"The club is going along nicely, but we have to avoid complacency, keep driving them on and get as many wins as we can."

Cheltenham host bottom side Bristol Rovers on Saturday, with former boss John Ward now in charge of the Pirates.

Ward's first match ended in a 2-2 draw at Aldershot Town yesterday, with substitute Elliot Richards' late penalty rescuing a point.

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  • LP1212  |  December 27 2012, 5:58PM

    Dear MY - very well done for rousing the team to perform so brilliantly yesterday, and indeed for all that you have done in your 3 years as manager. I see you rated highly the performance of Russ Penn in the centre of midfield. Please now ALWAYS play him there (rather than wide right), and pick the rest of the midfield 4 or 5 around him. A very Happy New (4th) Year to you, and to the team!

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