Cheltenham Town video: Feel-good factor is back at Robins
MARK Yates says the feel-good factor has made a welcome return to Cheltenham Town ahead of tomorrow's trip to Torquay United.
Boss Yates described last Saturday's 2-2 home draw with Oxford United as their first '90 minute performance' in League Two this season.
An improved display along with the arrival of new first team coach Dave Kevan has given everyone a lift, Yates included.
"There has been a good feel about the place for the last 10 days," Yates said.
"Bringing Dave in was the right thing to do and Neil (Howarth, assistant manager) and I thought long and hard about who we wanted to bring in and we've got the perfect person.
"It's given everyone a nice little boost and we should have beaten Oxford, so hopefully this can continue and we see an upturn in results as well as performances.
"There was nothing wrong with me, Neil and Jason Murphy (former fitness coach), but sometimes you need to freshen things up.
"Sometimes the players need to see more of me during the week, but at others they need to see less and Dave is a really good coach and he can be beneficial to everybody."
Although Yates was reluctant to draw comparison, Kevan's arrival is similar to Graham Allner's addition to Steve Cotterill's back room staff early in the club's Football League life.
Cotterill and his assistant Mike Davies were supported by Allner and the trio guided Cheltenham into League One via the play-offs in 2002.
The players have already responded well to former Notts County and Stoke City caretaker boss Kevan's sessions.
Yates said he has seen a visible lift in their confidence after successive home draws against Portsmouth and then second placed Oxford.
"We have had a good week and the lads aren't too down about not beating Oxford because performances are what get you there in the end," Yates said. "We have not been picking up the results we'd like but we are out of nothing.
"I'm not saying we are going to win the League at the moment, but we are still in with a chance of a top seven place without doubt.
"There are 39 games to go, starting at Torquay tomorrow and it's all about putting on another good performance and getting a positive result.
"Confidence is starting to come back and the players believe in what they are doing.
"We just have to eradicate the silly mistakes that are knocking us down and everyone has contributed to our own downfall so that has to stop."
Striker Jamie Cureton is likely to be back on the bench tomorrow after recovering from a calf injury following on from the dislocated shoulder he suffered on the opening day of the season at home to Burton.
Craig Braham-Barrett (ankle) and Troy Brown (hamstring) are both out, but central defender Brown could return to training next week.