Robins captain Johnny Mullins described Cheltenham Town’s point at Forest Green Rovers as a “step in the right direction” as a resolute display earned them a point at the New Lawn.
Michael Duff’s men impressed in the first half as their high pressing and work rate made it difficult for the Green Devils to get going – as Tyrone Barnett’s goal gave the Robins a 1-0 advantage at the interval.
But despite a positive all-round display, Joseph Mills’ equaliser earned a share of the spoils for Forest Green on derby day.
“We’ve come here and in the first half particularly I thought we were good, and we got the goal,” said skipper Mullins.
“It was a great finish from Ty (Tyrone Barnett) and then it would have been great if we could have got that second goal to put the game to bed.
“It was great work rate from Ty and he didn’t stop going, he chased the whole game when he was on and I’m really pleased he’s got a goal as his hard work warrants goals.
“It was a lovely finish from him and I’m pleased he’s off the mark, hopefully it’s the first of many.”
Mullins was also upbeat about the hard work in training paying off in Cheltenham’s performance, after the Robins had a fortnight to prepare for the match.
He added: “We had a chat after the MK Dons game and set some things down. I think that really showed today and where we need to be hitting and if we continue to do that then we’ll be fine.”
“Thankfully after they got the goal I thought we were resolute, and we didn’t give up too many more chances and we’ve come away with a point albeit we wanted the win, but it’s a step in the right direction.
“We felt solid and we’ve had time to work on the stuff we want to work on. I think that showed today, we go again Tuesday now and if we can get a win then this is an even better point than it is at the minute.”