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2 October 2012

Mark McGhee says his team have already put Saturday’s win behind them and are focused on tomorrow’s game against Cheltenham.

The manager admits that both him and his team were relieved to get the first win on the board, but they will now be looking for the first home victory when the Robins visit the Mem.

And he hopes his side can get that first home win to ‘refresh the optimism’ of the supporters.

He said: “I think we have moved on, we now have our first home game to win, and that is the next challenge.

“We have taken some enjoyment and relief from Saturday, and now we have to put that behind us. We now have a difficult game against Cheltenham, who are doing very well this season.

“The supporters have had a disappointing home season so far, but I think they are waiting now for that result at home.

“All those that weren’t there on Saturday will be coming along on Wednesday night anticipating a similar result, and we have got to try and deliver that and refresh the optimism.

“There is a danger that when you win a match it takes the pressure off and you take a step back, but we now have to think of this as the first away win.”

The manager will still be setting his team up to be difficult to beat, but he is now confident that the team has goals in it as well.

“We have set ourselves out in the last three games determined not to concede, and although we have lost two goals in those games, we have looked more difficult to beat.

“With the people we now have in the team, who we think can get goals, we are going to trust that they will get goals, and therefore our concentration again is on making sure we are tight and organised and have a good shape even when we are attacking.

”We have to make ourselves difficult to beat and then rely on the ability we have in the team to get those goals.”

The manager was pleased with the first impressions of his two new strikers on Saturday, and with Eliot’s matching winning goal.

He said: “I was pleased with what I saw, but I think they have a lot more to come. We did a lot more work with Tom yesterday.

“Derek is one of these players who can be anonymous in a game, but then pop up with a goal. He is an exciting player and he did a reasonable job on Saturday.

“We know Eliot can do that, but he has to find that consistency I am asking from him, at the moment he is still a little bit hit and miss.

“When he hits he is fantastic, as he showed on Saturday when he won us the game, when he is miss he is a little unreliable.’

And the manager will be forced into making a change tomorrow night, with Tom Parkes suspended after picking up five bookings. Derek Riordan is currently back in Scotland with his wife who is due to give birth to their second child imminently.

Mark said: “Derek is not here today but he is doing a bit of training up there and he will back down tonight and available for selection tomorrow.

“He will come in tomorrow and play just as well as if he had trained every day this week.

“Tom Parkes is missing, which is disappointing, some of his bookings have been unnecessary, but he is a young player and he is enthusiastic.

“We just have to work with him, and I think playing alongside Garry Kenneth is going to have an enormous influence.”

Rovers will be coming up against a few familiar faces this season, including striker Chris Zebroski.

Mark said: “I expect Chris to be the athlete he is, and keep looking to run in behind us to try and stretch us.

”We know Chris and we love him, and we know he is a danger to us. He is playing in a team that is winning games.

“The rest of the team play a mixture of solid defence, they pass the ball when they have to and they have good discipline about them and they will be a hard team to beat.”

And Cheltenham should be a team Mark remembers fondly, as his first game in charge was a 2-0 win against the Robins at Whaddon Road.

Mark said: “I have a greatly changed squad since then, and if you asked me whether I would rather have the team I had then or the team I had now I would, I would say I want the squad I have now.

“But we have work to do with the squad, we have got progress to make, and we still have to prove the change is for the good.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player.

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