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VIDEO: Plenty of positives - Paul Buckle

26 December 2014

Cheltenham Town manager Paul Buckle described the performance at Exeter City on Boxing Day as the best since he took over as manager. 

"It was a tight game and it was 0-0 at half-time which I was delighted with because Exeter are a very good side," Buckle said.

"We contained them really well, other than the shot from (Tom Nichols) that hit the bar, which was a piece of class, they never really hurt us.

"It was tough in the sense that we lost Matt Taylor and Joe Hanks in the first half, but the boys that came on were positive and it’s the best we’ve used the ball.

"I’d say that’s our best performance since I’ve been at the club. The final ball or shot is the toughest thing in football, but there is loads to be positive about.

"We have had three draws and a defeat in the league and today I thought we looked dynamic and we had legs so the only thing to be disappointed about is the result.

"The goal took a wicked deflection, off young Jack’s studs and crept in the corner. Trev had it covered, but it came off Jack and Paul (Tisdale) won’t mind me saying, it’s the luck you get when you are that end of the table.

"We got into enough good positions to give us hope for the future and now it's all about belief. Terry Gornell had loads of the ball, Omari looked dangerous, Zack did great when he came on, the midfield worked tirelessly. We limited their chances and tactically we were correct and right, but a deflection has cost us."

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