Mark Yates: Cheltenham Town will pull away from trouble

Yates not afraid to use youth players

Cheltenham manager Mark Yates believes his side will pull away from the bottom half of the League Two table.

The Robins lost to Saturday's opponents Northampton in last season's play-off semi-finals, but Yates does not believe that is a factor in their slow start.

He told BBC Radio Gloucestershire: "We haven't started well, I don't think it is anything to do with a hangover.

"We are where we are, but Tuesday's win over Morecambe gives us more belief that we can start climbing the table."

Cheltenham are six points clear of the relegation zone and six points adrift of the play-offs, sitting in 17th place.

Northampton are finding life even tougher and currently find themselves inside the drop-zone in 23rd.

"I think both teams will be nowhere near where they are now," added Yates. "We've both got to earn the right to start moving up that table."

"We've done that over the last month, we've won three games out of the last five.

"We know we need to string results back to back and we could have been talking three wins on the spin almost, bar the mistakes against Rochdale."