AS FAR as forward Jerry Yates is concerned, the whole is certainly greater than the sum of its parts when it comes to Swindon Town’s strike force.

The Rotherham loanee made an excellent start to his time in the red of Swindon, scoring two goals in his opening pair of league fixtures before being controversially dismissed during Town’s 3-0 League Cup exit away at Colchester United.

In the absence of the youthful striker, manager Richie Wellens drafted the experienced Eoin Doyle in to help fill the void left by Yates.

Doyle also hit the ground running, this time in Town’s purple kit, scoring three in his opening three games.

Despite some fans suggesting the pair are unlikely to play together, the 22-year-old insists he is happy to be called upon from the bench if necessary and simply wants to see his teammates be successful on the pitch.

Yates said: “It’s not all about the individual, it’s about the team. It’s nice to get Eoin in and hopefully we can click together on the pitch.

“It’s up to the manager how we play – but it doesn’t matter where I start, or even if I’m on the bench.

“I want the club to get three points most.”

With Town being afforded the chance to utilise their recovery days to help players properly overcome small knocks and niggles, Yates revealed everyone has come back refreshed and ready to go ahead of Morecambe’s visit to the County Ground.

He said: “The gaffer has looked after us this week, we have had a bit of rest because it has been constant.

“The lads came back in on Tuesday, everyone was raring to go – we were all flying to be fair.”

And while the likeable striker is keen to avoid being robbed of any more playing time this season by silly red cards, he did enjoy perceiving the exciting squad go about their work from a different viewpoint.

Yates said: “In some ways it was frustrating (to be unable to play), but then it was nice to sit down and actually watch the lads play.

“You can take the game in and observe it from the grandstands.”

“I’ve had a bit of luck in the sense we’ve played Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday – the turnaround has been quite quick.”