Left-back Chris Hussey admits that Cheltenham Town feel more comfortable and solid defensively under manager Michael Duff ahead of their Tuesday night trip to Oldham Athletic.
Experienced defender Hussey came through 90 minutes on Saturday after a disjointed start to the season in terms of appearances due to injury, impressing with a dominant display in the 1-1 draw at Forest Green Rovers.
“It’s been a long time, but I felt good, obviously I’ve been out for quite a while, so I eased myself into the game and felt quite good,” said Hussey.
“Being injured is always tough but there’s always light at the end of the tunnel and with Gav (Crowe), he’s been brilliant, and the gaffer has been brilliant with me.”
“The gaffer talks about a V and playing two out, that’s the basics of defending anywhere. Being a defender himself and a very good one at that, you’re always going to listen to him, so he’s got us more structured in how he wants us to play and it feels more comfortable as that solidity is there.
“Being organised as we showed on Saturday, they (Forest Green) found it difficult to do anything and I can’t remember Scotty (Flinders) making too many saves and in previous games he’s done a little too much and that’s coming with the gaffer’s ideas - it will take time.
The 29-year-old will be vying for a place in the team again as the Robins face the second of back to back away trips at Boundary Park and he believes that the first win under Duff is not far away.
“It’s only matter of time if I’m honest,” he continued. “You can feel the waves turning and the gaffer has come in with a lot to do but it takes time and it’s not a case of waving magic wand.
“That won’t change everything, but if we can keep doing the right things then we believe we’re going in the right direction and it’ll only be a matter of time.”