Yates says Reds know how to excite the crowd ahead of Bristol clash

Crawley Town V York City - Simon Walton scores from the penalty spot (Pic by Joe Rigby) SUS-151031-150648008
Crawley Town V York City - Simon Walton scores from the penalty spot (Pic by Joe Rigby) SUS-151031-150648008

Mark Yates says his Crawley Town side now know how to get the home crowd excited ahead of Bristol Rovers’ visit on Saturday.

The Pirates have had a swashbuckling start to the League Two season after sailing straight back up into the Football League from a year in the Conference.

They sit on the brink of the play-off places having won half of their 16 matches so far this season and have lost just once away from home.

Yates however is hoping his side can continue their impressive league run as they haven’t lost at home since September.

On Bristol, he said: “They have a great away record and are a big club that found themselves where they were, rather unfortunately, the season before last when they got relegated.

“They got promoted straight away which is a massive plus to them. To get out of that division you do need to bounce back quickly otherwise you can find yourself down there for a while which some of the clubs have found.

“Fair play to Darrell (Clarke) and his players, they have got straight back up at the first time of asking and have started the season pretty well.

“Obviously, you want to enthuse your home support and we didn’t do that at the start if the season for whatever reason. We have started to know what it takes to win at home, what it takes to get the crowd excited.

“And even the defeat against Luton in the cup, for me that was one of our best performances of the season.

“We are doing alright no more than that, we are not looking over our shoulders nervously now and we think we are building something.

“It’s taken a lot of hard work to get where we are and it’s going to take a lot more hard work to push on.

“We are relatively happy with our form over the last eight games, but we always want more.”

Jon Ashton will be fit for Saturday after going off after a blow to the face at Exeter, while Lanre Oyebanjo and Joe McNerny remain sidelined through long-term injuries.

Yates added: “He’s fine (Ashton), it’s no problem. He had a whack to his cheekbone, but trained. He was going to have it checked out and a scan on Monday, but he hasn’t bothered. It’s fine.

“Everyone has trained and everyone is ok.”

Kick-off at the Checkatrade.com Stadium on Saturday is 3pm.

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