Players need to make sure they're up for every game – Yates
MARK Yates has made it quite clear that whatever team he fields at Southend United tonight, he expects a marked improvement.
The Cheltenham Town boss admitted his selection and tactics did not work in Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Dagenham and Redbridge.
Changes are expected tonight, with Marlon Pack and Byron Harrison both pushing for starts after positive substitute impacts at Victoria Road.
Yates said: "Saturday wasn't good at the back, up front, out wide or in the middle.
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"We went through the motions and didn't impose ourselves.
"I have to make sure I get the team right, but whoever plays has to work hard and it's all about the players going out there and doing it now, making sure they are up for it for every game."
One player who is unlikely to be involved is midfielder Darren Carter, who picked up an injury after joining the action at Dagenham.
"Darren is a doubt after being on the receiving end of poor tackle, which I thought summed up the referee's day on Saturday," Yates said.
Cheltenham's Dagenham disappointment was their first defeat in six, but Yates knows they must start winning games on a regular basis to maintain their hopes of a top three finish.
They have drawn four of their last six games since the Everton FA Cup tie, winning only once.
"We need some wins and we are not kidding ourselves about that," Yates said.
"There are 45 points to play for and we are still in their fighting.
"We have a good squad, but we didn't do ourselves any favours at Dagenham.
"But we are not down about anything, we just have to put Saturday's wrongs right."
Yates confirmed he is hoping to keep Reading centre-back Michael Hector at Cheltenham until the end of the season.
Hector has made three appearances so far, impressing in each of them although he made a poor decision in the build-up to Dagenham's winner.
"I've had a word with Michael and he's a young boy and the goal affected him for ten minutes or so on Saturday," Yates said.
"He will make mistakes, as we all do, but it's how you respond and deal with them that sets you apart and I have no doubt he will be fine."