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Yates has been massive tonic and I love him!

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 21, 2012

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What did you think of the 1-1 home draw with Port Vale last Saturday?

An entertaining affair with two decent sides playing their part.

I thought we deserved to edge the game, but no one picked up the runner for their goal and we paid the price.

I thought we looked a more balanced side and played some good football, but we needed to be more clinical.

I wasn't disappointed with a point against a Vale side who I expect to finish in the top five.

What do you expect Mark Yates to do at Rochdale tonight?

I imagine 4-5-1 may be back. I think Russ Penn will be moved back more centrally and Jermaine McGlashan will come in for Shaun Harrad.

I expect Chris Zebroski to lead the line alone and I would keep Darren Carter in an advanced role.

How do you see the game going?

No away games are easy and we seem to struggle against the middle-table sides and play our best against the top teams.

But I would expect a tight affair to end with us taking the points by a one-goal margin.

Who has been your player of the calendar year?

Steve Elliott is now showing what an excellent defender he is. His consistency this year has been fantastic and his reading of the game is still sharp.

He has produced blocks, last-ditch tackles and countless headed clearances.

Jermaine McGlashan and Scott Brown also deserve honourable mentions.

How would you sum up the job done by Mark Yates as he celebrates his third anniversary?

Supersonic! He has done far more than I expected.

He still gets criticised for formations or substitutions but there is no doubting what a tonic Yates has been for this club.

He and Neil Howarth (plus a hand from Paul Baker) have turned the club around.

I love the bloke to bits, he oozes passion and self belief.

What does he need to do in the January transfer window?

We are crying out for a big strong centre-forward who can hold the ball up and also get on the end of moves.

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