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Reaction: New identity under Duff and hard work is paying dividends – Boyle

14 November 2018

Defender Will Boyle is confident that Cheltenham Town can push on in Sky Bet League Two after they made it four games unbeaten by progressing into the next round of the Checkatrade Trophy with victory over Coventry City.

Centre-back Boyle netted for the third consecutive home game to go top of the Robins scoring charts with four so far this season, heading in the second after Jacob Maddox’s opener in a 2-0 triumph at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

“It was good to get through and win in any competition with a clean sheet and to get a goal, so it was a great night all round,” said Boyle.

“There have been a couple of cup games in there (on the unbeaten run) and tonight’s another win but with two clean sheets on the bounce so the work we have been putting in is starting to pay dividends and we just need to take that into Saturday now.”

Michael Duff’s side now travel up to Notts County at the weekend, with both teams sitting third and second bottom in League Two, and a win would take Cheltenham out of the relegation zone.

“I think there is no getting away from the fact that it’s big if you look at the table and where both teams are,” Boyle added.

“It’s three points up for grabs and we’re in November so you’ve got to put it into context but obviously it’s a big game. It’s three points, but it’s three points against a team around you so it means a bit more.”

He continued: “There has been an identity since the gaffer came in, he’s trying to instil something on and off the pitch and the way we are as people and as players.

“I think that’s massive and for us to show an identity when we are playing is a big thing win, lose or draw and that’s what we are trying to do each week.

“At the end of the day we are professional footballers, so timekeeping and everything we do off the pitch in the gym and eating right – everything has just gone up a notch.

“It should have been there already but as a group we have got to come together and when individuals slack off, we have got to come to together and if one isn’t doing it then you’ve got to tell them – we’re trying to create a culture like that here.”

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