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Kay looking to halt former club’s run

16 November 2012

Striker Kayode Odejayi talks to

Kayode Odejayi is delighted at former team mate Mark Yates’ progress as Cheltenham boss, but he is determined to put the buffers on his surge up the table.

The Millers front-man played with the current Robins boss during a successful spell at Whaddon Road between 2003 and 2007, and he admitted he was pleased to see his former colleague perform well as a manager.

“When I first arrived at Cheltenham Yatesy was a player, and he is someone I still speak to from time-to-time.” Kay told

“He has done really well since he took over as manager and I am really pleased for him but hopefully we can beat him on Saturday.”

The 30-year-old realised Yates’ leadership qualities from his time playing under him as Robins’ captain, but said it wasn’t clear cut at the time that he would go on to be a manager.

“It was hard to tell at the time, but he was an influential player on the pitch for that side so the qualities were there,” added Kay.

“He was our captain during my time at Cheltenham so he had it in him, and as he is proving now he is adapted comfortably to life as a manager.”

Back to matters in hand, the former Barnsley and Colchester striker is looking for an improved performance, and a return to winning ways after a thumping defeat at Dagenham last weekend.

“Cheltenham are doing well at the moment, they are on a good run but taking out Saturday’s result so are we,” he added.

“Our home form is good, we want to keep that going and also show a response to last weekend, so if we can three points we know there is another home game coming and a real opportunity to close the gap.”

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