Robins centre-back Will Boyle gave an emotional plea after Saturday’s 2-2 draw – urging his teammates to keep “banging the drum” for the weeks ahead.
Despite manager Michael Duff not winning a single league game since taking over, his side came very close on the weekend after a dominant display saw them lead Mansfield – who are unbeaten on the road still this season – up until the 93rd minute.
However, Stags striker Tyler Walker’s late equaliser means Cheltenham are now without a win in their last nine games under Duff in League Two, and defender Boyle was distraught at the full-time whistle.
“We’ve come that close it’s stinging still at the minute,” said Boyle.
“We’ve got to take the positives from it. Tuesday night we were positive, different kettle of fish to this today, but we felt we did alright we applied our game well to the game, so we brought it into today and unfortunately we weren’t able to see it over the line.”
Video by Joe Shepherd at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.
Two goals in a week for Boyle
Despite conceding early on, Cheltenham hit back with an instant response after Ben Tozer’s volley put them level within the first ten minutes of the game.
After scoring in the Checkatrade Trophy game earlier in the week against Arsenal under-21s, Boyle made it two in two when he nodded in a Tozer cross just before the interval but an unfortunate deflection in the third minute of injury time gifted Mansfield a point.
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The Robins have only secured two points this season after conceding the first goal and had the visitors not equalised in the closing minutes of the game, Boyle’s header would’ve been the decisive moment in the match.
“It would’ve mattered a lot more if it were the winner so it’s a bit of a gutter at the end” continued Boyle, who felt Mansfield rarely threatened up until their goal.
“Second half they’ve had a lot of opportunities and a lot of pressure, but to be honest without having any real opportunities up until something drops to them right at the last minute, right in the six yard-box. But we’ve got to pick ourselves up.”
Under Duff: Played 9, won 0, drawn 4, lost 5
Cheltenham’s recent record in the league doesn’t make for good reading; without a win since Michael Duff took over, have taken the lead just four times in the sixteen league matches they’ve played and currently find themselves in the relegation zone.
However, Boyle has urged his teammates to build on Saturday’s display, but admitted that a win has to come sooner rather than later if they are to pull away from the relegation zone.
“Everything through the week has been spot on. I think we’re all applying ourselves well, we’ve been set up in the right way and now it’s just getting the three points, getting it over the line and getting the performances together.
“So I think we’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing and banging the drum every day and see where it takes us.”