Yates aims high after win

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Cheltenham manager Mark Yates urged his players to stick together after they beat Barnet 2-0.

Late goals from substitutes Kaid Mohamed and Jimmy Spencer wrapped up the Robins' first win since February while an impressive display from keeper Jack Butland ensured there was no way back for their lowly visitors.

"We have one common aim and if we stick together we will achieve something this season," Yates said. "With five games left we're in a terrific position.

"The fact we were missing important players is testament to this group. We'll go to Rotherham and look for a result but it will be tough.

"They've got some good players, Barnet, and I'm surprised to see them where they are in the league. They have a real threat in the attacking third but I think we dealt with it well.

"We kept going and kept believing - it's a good three points. I'm relieved to have won after the month we've had. It's been coming. We deserved it but needed a goal out of nothing - and that's what we got."

Barnet had a number of chances to break the deadlock and ease their relegation woes, but Mohamed made the breakthrough 15 minutes from time with an excellent goal that saw the Robins break from their own half.

Spencer's last minute strike, following good work from Ben Burgess, put an end to any hopes the visitors had of salvaging something from the game.

Barnet manager Lawrie Sanchez admitted his side now faced a battle to stay in the league. "We are in one hell of a dogfight at the moment," he said. "We have lost too many games this season where we have come away with nothing after dominating the chances.

"Football is all about goals and whoever scored first was going to win the match. We had a fantastic chance just before they scored but their keeper's made a terrific save and it's no surprise that he got the man of the match."

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