Yeates on a high

MARK Yeates, fresh from scoring the first league goals of his career at Brentford, is relishing the chance to repeat the dose against Nottingham Forest this afternoon.

By Carl Marston

MARK Yeates, fresh from scoring the first league goals of his career at Brentford, is relishing the chance to repeat the dose against Nottingham Forest this afternoon.

Left-winger Yeates knocked the Bees off their League One perch, thanks to cracking goals in the 30th and 86th minutes of Saturday's showdown at Griffin Park.

Now the 20-year-old is looking forward to the visit of Forest for a New Year's Day fixture at Layer Road. He wants to start 2006 in the same way as he signed off for 2005.


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“Nottingham Forest are a massive club, and it will be great to play against them,” insisted Yeates. “They have such a wonderful pedigree, having won the European Cup twice, and I'm really looking forward to this match.

“Forest are on a good run themselves, just as we are. They are a good side with many quality players. They are one of the big names in football.

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“But we will fancy our chances, and we will be looking to repeat what we achieved today,” added Yeates.

Tottenham loanee Yeates had only scored one senior goal before Saturday's trip to west London, having netted from long range in the 9-1 demolition of non-league Leamington in the FA Cup.

He was naturally delighted to bag a brace against the Bees, although he felt that he should have scored a hat-trick, at the very least.

“We deserved this win. It would have been very unfair if we had left without the three points,” he said. “We did what we were asked to, and it was very positive that we created so many chances. I had four or five very good chances to score myself, and at least I scored the first one quite early on, which helped me to settle.

“I should have scored on a one-on-one with the keeper in the second-half. I had so much time that I was caught in two minds. In fact, I had too much time. Aidan (Davison) spotted me with a quick clearance, and there was no one around me on the halfway line.

“However, I can have no real complaints. I didn't take that chance, and no doubt the lads would have slated me if Brentford had gone on to get an equaliser.

“But our back four were a different class. Wayne Brown cleared one off the line, and I then scored my second almost immediately,” said Yeates.

Dubliner Yeates is on loan from Tottenham for the whole season, although there is a possibility that the Premiership club could recall home.

Yeates explained: “I'm just enjoying playing every week for Colchester United. I don't know about the top two, but we must have a good chance of making the play-offs.

“The transfer window opens again in January, so anything could now happen. Tottenham might call me back.

“However, I will keep doing my best for Colchester until something different happens. I came to the club setting myself a target of scoring 10 goals. I haven't scored as many as I would have hoped, but perhaps these two goals will kick-start me into scoring a few more.

“If we play well and win, then I go home happy,” concluded Yeates.

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