Cheltenham Town video: Time to get back to reality - Yates
MARK Yates has backed his Cheltenham Town players to deal with their return to reality at Bury tomorrow after their midweek Capital One Cup exploits at West Ham United.
The Robins pushed Sam Allardyce's men all the way before eventually going down 2-1 at Upton Park.
They will go from playing in front of more than 23,000 fans to performing in front of around 3,000 at Gigg Lane as they chase their second League Two victory in a row.
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Yates said: "West Ham was a great experience on a great surface in front of a big crowd.
"It's now back to reality and League Two football, but I have no doubts the boys will deal with that.
"We can take a lot of positives from it and go to Bury in decent spirits knowing those are the levels we have to get to every week now."
Only the 3-1 home defeat by Plymouth Argyle this season has irked Yates, whose team have taken four points from a possible 12 so far – the same as tomorrow's opponents.
"The players who have been here for a couple of years know what is needed to win games and be a successful side," Yates said.
"The boys we've brought in know what it's about too, so we have to get back to working hard in the bread and butter of the league, going up north and putting a shift in.
"I have every confidence we will do that."
Cheltenham battled to grind out an ugly 1-0 win at Accrington Stanley last Saturday, with midfielder Jason Taylor scoring the winner.
Ryan Inniss will continue at centre-half in place of hamstring injury victim Troy Brown.
Yates' main selection decision is likely to be whether or not to recall Steven Gillespie up front in place of one of his midfield or wide men.
Jermaine McGlashan was preferred to the loan front runner at West Ham as 4-4-2 became 4-5-1.
Yates said there was unlikely to be any further transfer dealings before Monday's transfer deadline, with the loan window reopening a week later, but Inniss will extend his youth loan from Crystal Palace.
"We have Jamie Cureton coming back from injury soon, although this weekend will be too early for him," Yates said.
"It will be a real boost to have him back, but the other forwards have all done well and we have to make sure we put it all together tomorrow.
"I think we have enough defensive cover so I doubt there will be any more signings before the window closes."
For the second Saturday in succession Cheltenham were due to travel north on the eve of the game and stay overnight in preparation for the match.