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Reaction: New shape can be positive for us – Tozer

3 November 2018

Midfielder Ben Tozer believes that Cheltenham Town’s new shape gives them a foundation to build on and can help bring about more positive results after the 2-2 home draw with Mansfield Town in Sky Bet League Two.

A 93rd minute equaliser from Tyler Walker prevented the Robins from taking all three points for the first time at home in the league this season, despite an encouraging display from Michael Duff’s men in a 3-5-2 formation.  

Tozer equalised after 10 minutes with a crisp volley following Walker’s opener three minutes earlier, the stand-in skipper then crossed for Will Boyle to put Cheltenham ahead on the stroke of half-time – before Walker struck late on to steal a point for the Stags.

“It’s very disappointing but we’ve got take positives from the game at the end of the day,” admitted Tozer.

“It was nice as it was probably my first shot all season, it was nice to get a goal and assist which helps with confidence.”

The 28-year-old started in the middle of a back three, as Duff decided to stick with the defence that finished the 6-2 midweek Checkatrade Trophy victory over Arsenal Under-21s.

“I played it all last season in the middle and at the back when at Newport,” he added when referring to playing 3-5-2.

“It is a good formation and it’s more solid where you have a foundation to build on and when things aren’t going well that’s where you have to build everything from.

“It needs a bit more work maybe but if the gaffer wants to keep it then it can be positive for us.

“Everyone wants to play games whether you’re winning or losing, you want to make an impact on the team so whatever the gaffer decides to do and if he puts me in again I will absolutely try my best to do all I can.

“The gaffer was saying that how we were fighting for the ball and putting ourselves about as well as making the right decisions, that’s a minimum and if we do that week in week out then we’ll get more positive results than negative.”

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