Cheltenham Town video: Mark Yates wants to end Paul Cook hoodoo
MARK Yates says it his high time Cheltenham Town registered a positive result against a team managed by Paul Cook, writes Jon Palmer.
Cook's Accrington Stanley side beat Cheltenham 3-0 at the Abbey Business Stadium in September before he left the Crown Ground to succeed John Sheridan as Chesterfield boss a month later.
Cheltenham's miserable record against the Spireites continued in November as they suffered a 4-1 drubbing at the Proact Stadium, one of four heavy defeats on the road that persuaded Yates to overhaul his squad during the January transfer window.
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The two managers have plenty of time for each other away from the touchline, but Yates is desperate to see Cheltenham pick up their first-ever victory against the Derbyshire club tonight (7.45pm).
"Despite the fact he always seems to beat me, we get on well and Paul is great lad," Yates said.
"He always gets his team playing decent football and they cause us problems, so we need to sort that out.
"We owe Paul Cook, never mind Chesterfield, but we know we are in for a tough game because they have some very good players there.
"They have come through a sticky patch with an excellent result at Dagenham on Saturday (1-0 win), so we know we are in for a tough game."
Yates has seen enough from Cheltenham's last two performances to give him confidence they can finish the season strongly after falling away in the past two campaigns.
They ended a run of three draws with a 2-1 home win over AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, following a bright performance in their 1-1 draw at Fleetwood Town a week ago.
"We are starting to show glimpses of our true form," Yates said.
"We want to pass the ball, hurt teams and score goals and I think the last two games have been a big step in the right direction.
"Hopefully we can build on those now and start a winning run and it's all about picking up momentum at the right time."
Yates is confident he will have a fully-fit squad from which to choose, with the exception of young defender Harry Hooman, who is sidelined with a long-term foot injury.
Steve Elliott, Sam Deering and Darren Carter are all expected to overcome knocks, meaning Yates is likely to name an unchanged starting line-up for the third match in succession.
"There are a few bumps and bruises, but nothing that will stop anyone being available," Yates said.
"Darren rocked his ankle, but he is okay and I am hoping to have a full squad.
"We have to play like we have for the last couple of games and if we do we can give anyone a game.
"We have all have seen some signs and we know we've not been as fluid as this time last year.
"But having said that we didn't win at all in March last year and it's only taken us two days this year."
Cheltenham have never scored a goal against Chesterfield at home in five previous attempts.