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7 April 2015

The gaffer on the victory at Cheltenham that moved Boro up into the play-off places...

GW says that after failing to score during an opening period of dominance, the lads did well to persevere in order to win the three points.

“We weren’t clinical – they were difficult conditions out there, it was always going to be about putting the ball in areas and earning sets. Our sets actually worked very well but their defending on the goal line was a match for us. We should have been more clinical, the chances did fall. We wanted the extra touch, wanted to make sure and I can understand that.

“When you don’t get the goal, you have then got to dig in there; you have got to make sure you stay clean, you have got to put bodies on the line to keep the ball out of the net and you have to be persistent and relentless.

"We kept running on and in the end it was a pretty industrial goal, big long boot down the pitch, player running on, getting fouled in the penalty area and sticking the ball in the back of the net."

The gaffer made five changes to the side in order to freshen the team up and it was Andy Bond who came in and impressed him in particular.

“Lads like Bondy who have struggled for games, when their moment comes it is up to them to stand up and be counted. I thought he was tremendous today at right back and then in the middle of the park, he made a real difference. I thought his energy and ball winning in the middle of the park was a big factor in us going forward towards the end.”

The win pushed Boro into the play-off places with only five games to go. GW says that the players must concentrate on the job at hand.

“The circumstances are there for everyone to have a think about but what matters in the moment is that you play the game in front of you. It is still a game of football and you have got to focus on the player you are playing against, the job that you have got to do, the moment of the game, the tackle you have got to make and that is where your focus needs to lie.

“There is no point worrying about things around the game, it is about the moments in the game and focusing on playing football.”

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