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Preview: Striker Tyrone Barnett fit to return for Stevenage clash

25 October 2018

Robins striker Tyrone Barnett is raring to start again after scoring his first goal for the club last weekend as he returns fit to face Stevenage on Saturday.

Port Vale loanee Barnett netted at Forest Green Rovers in the Gloucestershire derby but had to start on the bench at Oldham due to a dead leg injury suffered in the second half at the New Lawn.

“It was more of a precaution really, having the games so close together it was a bit of a dead leg, but I’ve overcome that now and I’m ready for selection,” Barnett said.

“It was down to the staff really, I was obviously dying to play obviously from scoring Saturday, I wanted to carry the momentum, but it wasn’t my choice in the end.

“I think it was a good choice because I needed that extra couple of days to recover even though I did come on the other night – obviously if I had started I would have played a lot more time and maybe it would have had a different outcome.”

A 2-0 loss to the Latics on Tuesday night wasn’t helped by Sam Jones’ red card, but Barnett insists Cheltenham should focus on their performance in Nailsworth last weekend as a benchmark.

“I don’t see why we can’t replicate that display we put in on Saturday, the team played very well and if we go into the game as we did that day then the same performance should happen,” the 32-year-old added.

“The gaffer has given us a great framework to work with and the lads are picking it up very well, obviously it down to us now to do things as a team and be a little more creative with the ball and create more chances across the pitch.

“I like balls in the box but if we can create other things then it’s down to the whole team to score really and it’s on me and the strikers to score goals but if the midfield/defenders can chip in with a few goals then it takes the pressure off us.”

Join Tyrone and the team at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Saturday for our showdown with Stevenage! Tickets can be bought from the ticket office right up until kick-off and can also be collected on matchday.

As always, fans collecting pre-paid tickets are asked to arrive early to avoid any queues and to enable easy access into the ground – tickets will also be available on the turnstiles.  

For more ticket information and how to buy them for our other two home matches against Arsenal Under-21s and Mansfield Town this week – please click HERE.


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