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STEVE YATES: ‘WE WANT TO KEEP EVERYTHING POSITIVE’

10 November 2016

Rovers focus their attention back to SkyBet League One this coming Saturday, with a trip to South-London to take on the in-form Millwall F.C.

Coach, Steve Yates, believes the game is one that Rovers can take a positive result from, with the squad raring to get back to league action following two fixtures in the past week in cup competitions.

"It is nice to get back to the league and it will be a difficult game against Millwall,"said Yates.

"We have a really hard-working squad here and they know what they have to do. The players cannot afford to take their foot off the pedal. That goes for everything, from preparing for the game in the right way and applying themselves in the correct way during games."

"We want to keep everything positive. We are in a good position in the league and we want to do everything we can to maintain that."

Rovers travel to the Den with Millwall in a good run of form, with Saturday’s hosts picking up six wins in their last seven outings. Yates praised the work of Millwall boss Neil Harris but insisted that the Rovers squad will be focused on implementing their own game plan on Saturday.

"There is never a right or wrong time to play another team."

"As long as we go about our business in the correct way, we know that the way we play can cause other sides problems. If we are able to do that then was can give Millwall a good game."

"Neil Harris is a bit of legend at Millwall and it is very much his club. He probably feels exactly the same about Millwall as I do about Bristol Rovers.”

"Neil is doing a great job there. They were play-off finalists last season and they are obviously on a very good run of form and it would be great to go there and come away with something."

"If we can get into their faces and stop them from playing and work hard during the game then hopefully we can come back with something."

Yates recalled some of his past experiences of playing at the Den and relayed that the Rovers players won't be distracted by the atmosphere and will maintain their focus on the task at hand. 

"I think it all comes down to what goes on the pitch and the lads have got to deal with the atmosphere in the stadium."

"I enjoyed the times that I played there, it is a nice football ground, set in nice surroundings."

"I even played at the old Den, in the very last game ever played there and that was an experience, as I can remember people leaving the ground with the goalposts, pieces of turf and all sorts of other stuff!"

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