Yates calls for a ‘Luton-like display’ against Bristol

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Crawley Town boss Mark Yates wants his side to give a ‘Luton-like performance’ when they face Bristol Rovers.

Their opponents lie in fifth place having recently gained six wins in a row before Monday’s 3-2 defeat away to Carlisle.

Yates believes having key players available and staying strong and together can get them a result in front of a packed away support.

Three weeks ago the Reds came away from Kenilworth Road with an unlikely 1-0 win by defending an early lead against a barrage of flowing attack.

Yates said: ‘It will take a Luton-like performance where we are strong, resilient, aggressive, play on the front-foot like we do when we have won games, but also defend properly.

“People being back fit will help massively.

“We are capable of going to the Memorial Ground in front of 10,000 fans that make some great noise, they are a really well-supported club; passionate supporters who really get behind the team.

“It’s going to be tough to cope with those 10,000 baying for our blood as well.

“But if we are strong and stick together we can go and get a result.

“We beat them earlier in the season at our ground.

“We played really well first half, they threw everything at us second half, but we sort of hung on. And that might be the gameplan on Saturday.

“They have various formations: 3-5-2, or with a diamond, or 4-4-2. We have to be mindful of what they do. It’s about us trying to be as good as we can be again.”

Yates is not under-estimating the task in hand against Darrell Clarke’s in-form side.

He said: “They’ve been on a really good run of form. They’ve put themselves in a really good position to compete for the automatic spot, but also the play-offs.

“They’ve had a really good two years under Darrell since their relegation out of the Football League.

“They are a team and club who have got momentum and have been used to winning over the last two years. They’ve been good to watch, score plenty of goals and we’ve got to be mindful of that.

“On Monday we were a little bit too open for our liking, all over the park, in the middle of the pitch. They (Exeter) created a lot of problems for us.

“We’ve just had three clean sheets in the last five games, so we are not a million miles away.

“They will cause us different problems to Exeter. Hopefully we’ll be up for for and aware of it. It’s going to be a really tough game, without a doubt.”

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