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Football: Cheltenham Town’s Ben Tozer on 4-1 victory over Notts County

Cheltenham Town defender Ben Tozer admits the team spirit at the club is “one of the best” he’s been involved in “without a doubt” after his side’s comprehensive 4-1 win against Notts County at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Goals from Will Boyle, Luke Varney, Billy Waters and Tyrone Barnett cancelled out a Kane Hemmings’ penalty with the results seeing the Robins 15 points clear of the relegation zone and only nine points off local rivals Forest Green Rovers in ninth place.

Despite the impressive victory against the relegation-threatened Magpies, Tozer insists his side’s performance was not that great:

“The result was satisfying but I don’t think the performance itself was too good.

“It was satisfying and I think that’s the best way of describing it really.

“We got the result as everyone knows but I feel like we dug out a result and we weren’t at our best today.

“But you know, winning when you’re not at your best is a good thing to do.”

The Robins saw themselves three goals to the good at half-time and the former Newport County A.F.C. man admits his side looked to see out the game in the second-half with an incentive to hold out their lead:

“We came in at half-time 2-0 up and we all said we can be better here.

“We need to be better as well because they’ll come out fighting for their lives in the second-half and we dealt with that really well.

“The first 20 minutes of the second-half I felt that was probably the most comfortable we felt throughout the whole game to be honest with you, apart from the last five minutes say.

“It’s put us in a more comfortable position particularly in the table and it’s onto the next one now.”

Cheltenham’s impressive home form has also helped the side in their rise up the League Two table as they have now gone six games unbeaten at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium but Tozer admits he’s not quite sure how they’ve improved:

“I couldn’t put my finger on it to be honest with you!

“Maybe we play with a bit more confidence sub-consciously but I honestly couldn’t tell you.

“Most teams should have a good home record and it’s a good thing we have that because we’ve not been very good away from home.

“Maybe it’s being familiar with your surroundings when we’re at home and getting used to the usual routine and that helps I feel but apart from that I don’t really know.”

The 29 year-old is typically a centre-midfielder but has been part of a strong back-three that’s really improved over the last few weeks, despite by his own admission having “never played in a back-five before”:

“I always played in a back-four when I was younger but I think being in the centre of a back-three it suits me,” he said.

“It allows me to cover and be that last line of defence generally.”

Cheltenham will be hoping that they can continue their impressive recent form with a victory over Newport County A.F.C. at Rodney Parade next Friday.

However before then Tozer has another sporting event to look forward to with the annual Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday and offered a few tips for those who’re attending:

“Don’t gamble!

“I’m looking forward to it, it’s one of those opportunities where you live here and you’ve got to make the most of it because it is an experience.

“I have been before fortunately but sometimes football gets in the way with being able to do the things that you want to do and fortunately this year, it’s been kind.

“So I’m looking forward to it.”

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