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North: Worked Hard For Win

30 August 2014

Shaun North praises the Cheltenham side after a late winner earns the Robins all three points.

First Team Coach Shaun North discussing the 1-0 win against Hartlepool United with the local media this afternoon:

"The result took a little while to come but we worked hard. We kept knocking on the door and their keeper made some good saves and defenders got some very good blocks in.

"You've always got a little niggle in the back of your mind, is it not going to be your day? It was a little bit like that last week at Tranmere but we had numerous chances, you always know that at some point the opposition will get a chance and that's worrying. Will we be able to deal with that?"

The Robins took the lead in the 90th minute courtesy of Koby Arthur's third goal in five substitute appearances.

"We've not done much work on the long throw but  maybe we should do a little bit more. Koby managed to time his run to perfection and score with a great header. 

"I don't think anybody had a poor game and I think everybody did their bit. Defensively we did very well and with the ball I think we could have moved it a bit quicker. Overall I think we're very pleased."

Second half substitute John Marquis and Byron Harrison collided in the penalty area after a neat through ball from Jordan Wynter that had many Robins supporters calling for a penalty.

"I'm not sure, personally I think they collided with each other but the lads on the bench thought that the keeper had caught one of them with his hand and that knocked the other one over, so I'm not sure.

"The good thing is that we're creating chances. That's the most important thing. We're forcing keepers to make saves. Maybe we need to do some more work on finishing this week.

"It's nice to be unbeaten, it means that we're doing things right and hopefully we can stay unbeaten for as long as we can. We're working on doing that. The wins another step closer to where we want to be.

"The back line do very well and where attackers have been able to get through, Trev (Carson) has come to our rescue and made a couple of great saves. The whole team is doing great and we're working as a team for the back line."

Millwall loanee John Marquis was introduced midway through the second half and went close to taking the lead on two occasions.

"John came on and we worked hard. We know he can be a nuisence around defenders and he's been a little bit unlucky where he's hit the post. He looks bright and forced a good save from their keeper with a header.

"We'll come in Monday, assess how people are doing and assess the team for Tuesday night." 
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