Cheltenham Town: Fans need to get behind the boys says Yates
MARK Yates has urged everyone at Cheltenham Town to stick together as he plots a route out of their disappointing opening to the campaign.
The 20th-placed Robins put on a much-improved display in their 2-2 draw with Oxford United last Saturday, leaving Yates to describe the performance as the 'start' of their season.
They travel to Torquay United on Saturday searching for their second win in eight League Two matches.
"We need everyone to stick with the team," Yates said.
"Our fans don't tend to boo players and I know that, which is great, but I'd ask them to really get behind the boys, particularly at home.
"They need backing when maybe they look a little jittery.
"We all have to stick together and I want the players to know they'll be encouraged to keep making the right decisions, getting crosses into the box and defending properly.
"We've had a good couple of years, but we've made a lot of changes this year, so stick with the boys and we'll come good, I have no doubt of that, but we have to do it together."
After successive play-off appearances, Yates knows many fans are expecting promotion this year.
He said the club were 'desperate' to make it third time lucky, but he refused to accept that lack of promotion this term would constitute a failure.
"Lack of promotion wouldn't be a failure because nobody has a guaranteed right to win it," Yates said.
"I am desperate for it and the club are desperate for it, but that doesn't mean you're going to get it.
"We all want to be better than last year, which means minimum play-offs and promotion really.
"Some people may say it's a failure if we don't, but for a club like ours things are going okay."
Cheltenham have been uncharacteristically poor at the back so far this term, with 15 goals flying past Scott Brown in seven league matches.
Yates said they must solve their defensive problems quickly if they are to mount a charge up the table.
"It's a bit of everything at the moment and you can see the players are a touch low on confidence," he said.
"But we have been conceding goals at the wrong times and suddenly then people want to play safe pass and not do things that get a boo from the crowd, or a haranguing from me.
"I want the players to be free to express themselves, but they can only do that if we keep clean sheets and we don't have to be scoring three or four goal to win a game.