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VIDEO: We owe fans a performance on Friday – Lee Vaughan

12 January 2015

Lee Vaughan says Cheltenham Town are determined to give their fans something to cheer about on Friday night after their disappointing display at Hartlepool United.

The Robins were beaten 2-0 by the bottom club at Victoria Park on Saturday, failing to adapt to the windy conditions.

Right-back Vaughan admitted they did not do enough to deserve anything from the game, but vowed that the players will be fired up when Morecambe visit Whaddon Road.

“Saturday was very disappointing and I don’t think we adapted to the conditions as well as they did,” Vaughan said.

“We’ve come away from it with nothing, which is probably what we deserved and it was just one of those days.

“I feel for the fans who travelled because it’s a long way and we haven’t given them anything to shout about. I know my old man was fuming!

“They are loyal supporters, but we haven’t given them anything and that’s not good enough.”

The defeat saw Cheltenham drop to 18th in the table and Vaughan knows they must reproduce the sort of form they showed in the second half of their 2-1 win at Oxford United on January 3 if they are to embark on a climb up the League Two table.

“The new manager (Paul Buckle) has come in and things have been bright and positive,” he said.

“We got a decent result against Oxford and everyone believed we could kick on again. It’s a setback and we have to go again on Friday.

“We are down there in 18th for a reason, but we know we are doing the right things and we know we are going to progress under the new manager. 

“It was never going to happen overnight. We were always going to have setbacks, but we are still positive in the dressing room.”

Hartlepool’s first goal stemmed from a cross on their left and Vaughan took full responsibility, with Scott Fenwick tucking away Jack Compton’s low ball in at the far post.

“For their first I have to take responsibility for not stopping the cross coming in, but apart from that I thought Craig (Braham-Barrett) and I dealt with their two quick wingers quite well,” he said.

“It was never going to be a day for us to be bombing up and down, but we needed to dig deep because it was never going to be pretty.

“We just didn’t create enough and it didn’t look like it was going to happen for us, but we’ll make sure we put things right.”

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