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Cheltenham Town: We have to follow Carter's standard - Yates

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: October 01, 2012

ON TARGET:  Darren Carter fired home Cheltenham's first goal after just 87 seconds on Friday night, before adding the second in the last minute

ON TARGET: Darren Carter fired home Cheltenham's first goal after just 87 seconds on Friday night, before adding the second in the last minute

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DARREN Carter has set a benchmark that must be matched by the rest of Cheltenham Town's players, according to manager Mark Yates.

The former Birmingham City midfielder scored twice in Friday night's 2-0 home victory over ten-man Morecambe as the Robins made it three games unbeaten ahead of Wednesday evening's visit to Bristol Rovers.

Carter struck in the second and 91st minutes to seal the points, but Yates described Cheltenham's form as 'mediocre', admitting they are still lacking the fluency and confidence he wants to see on a regular basis.

"I was pleased to see Darren score a couple of goals because he was superb," Yates said. "He has played a lot higher than League Two in his career, but some of my players have to look at his enthusiasm.

"In the 93rd minute he's the one breaking into their box and scoring. He's fit, strong and a great pro and he was superb.

"For his first goal, the ball popped out to him and it was on his wrong foot, but he has enough quality to be able to strike it with the outside of his left and it caught the keeper off guard. His whole performance was top drawer."

Cheltenham's second successive home victory lifted them temporarily up to fifth place before they dropped down to eighth after Saturday's fixtures.

Yates believes there is at least 20 per cent more to come from his team, who hit top form around this time last season.

He said: "I still want more. We have stepped up a bit and it's great to keep a clean sheet, but we have 20 per cent more to come.

"We played in fits and starts. Morecambe were spirited and they threw a lot at us, but we are still a work in progress and we still have to be a lot better.

"Sometimes it's more difficult against ten men and some of the play was really good, but we didn't have the cutting edge. I'd have liked us to create more chances."

Morecambe winger Kevin Ellison was sent off in the 57th minute after an off the ball fracas with Steve Elliott, but Yates did not see the incident as Cheltenham were on the attack.

Leading scorer Shaun Harrad was taken off at half-time as a precaution after receiving a kick to his calf.

Yates also replaced Sam Deering with Russ Penn at the break, which was a tactical switch.

"There were one or two things I was not happy with and Sam started well, but he was then nullified," Yates said.

"I sent Russ on and I wanted him to rat around, break things up and put us on the front foot, which he did.

"Shaun had a kick and we don't want him missing games so we took him off and hopefully he'll be okay."

Bristol Rovers picked up their first victory of the season on Saturday, winning 2-1 at Exeter City.

"It's always a tough place to go and they've brought in a couple of loan players," Yates said. "They comprehensively beat us at home last season after we did the same to them at their place.

"It has the makings of a decent game and it's a local derby so we are looking forward to it."

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