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Turnbull disappointed to lose to late goal at Cheltenham

26 February 2020

Jordan Turnbull said the squad were disappointed to have been edged out at Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night, and felt they could have been the team to have ended Cheltenham's winning run at home.

The Robins had won five in a row at home, and Luke Varney's late goal ensured that run extended to six on Tuesday.

"We have been on the wrong end of some very close games in the last few weeks," he said.

"I thought we started really well at Cheltenham, we imposed ourselves on the game and went ahead. We got hit with the equaliser, we are extremely disappointed with that, we know we shouldn't allow a player a free shot at our goal and then we are disappointed with the goal we conceded at the end. We are set up to defend corners well but we didn't manage to deal with it. We will look at it, talk about it and learn from it.

"Lloyd Jones was really close to scoring with a header that hit the post and it is those fine margins where games are won and lost. It has gone now though, we have a big game on Saturday and we are preparing for that.

"It is fair to say that we haven't been blown away in any game. We have been in every game and so close to results in each of them. on Tuesday I thought we generally played well in the second half and then we conceded a sloppy goal from a set play where we are usually so strong. I didn't think there was much in the game on Tuesday but now we have to pick ourselves up for Saturday."

Turnbull made a positional switch at half time, and said it was a tactical tweak from Keith Curle that led to the change.

"My job in the second half was to try and keep Ryan Broom quiet. We felt he was influential in the first half, the manager wanted me to go in to midfield and keep him quiet and I think that worked, he didn't have the same influence on the game in the second half. He even went out to play on the left wing at one point but I think it was a tactic that worked.

"Tuesday night was frustrating but we have another big game ahead of us on Saturday now and we are preparing for that."


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