Loanee comfortable in new look defensive shape
Cheltenham Town defender Rob Dickie, on loan from Championship side Reading sat down with the media this week in the build-up to Saturday's clash at Woking.
Dickie has been utilised in several different positions during his time with the club; right back, centre back and now on the right side of a back three.
However the England U19 player is finding his new role to his liking, " I've enjoyed it actually. Obviously having played right back and centre back, It's not quite in between the two but it does allow me a little bit more room to come out with the ball."
He also feels that the squad is very capable of dealing with the changes in shape, "I think we are all good enough to deal with it, it's comfortable for all of us. It's still a defensive unit so we are all comfortable with our distances etc back there, we have worked on it a lot in training so it's been fine. With the experience of Downesy (Aaron Downes), Pars (Daniel Parslow) and Vaughany (Lee Vaughan) at right back it's made things easier for me."
Rob was part of the team which won comfortably against Macclesfield on Tuesday, a nice change of pace having had to come from behind to win in the last three home matches.
Something which certainly pleased the young defender, " We've been waiting for that for a while, I think everything felt good from the warm-up onward. We played well from the start, we were aggressive, defended well but also got forward with pace. To start well is definitely very important, but also to keep a clean sheet and dominate throughout is great."
With the prospect of two huge games in a row against Woking and Forest Green, Rob is keeping his feet on the ground, whilst still realising the importance of a win on Saturday at Woking, " Every game is huge, but it is very important to try and go to Woking and win to carry our momentum into Forest Green next Tuesday."
Having been the match winner on debut against Barrow, Rob hasn't scored since, but thankfully everyone is starting to chip in, he is one of nine different goalscorers in the first ten games! "I'm due another goal to be fair! If you've got a lot of goal scores then other teams can't focus on one person to shut out, they've got to cover nine players so it's very difficult."
Dickie joined the club on loan in August and is fitting in nicely, "I've really enjoyed it here, I'm learning a lot off Gary, he's a very experienced coach. The boys have all made me feel welcome too which is nice."
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