Having been part of the Cheltenham side that took opposition from a level above to penalties in Tuesday’s Checkatrade Trophy clash, Conor Thomas was keen to focus on the positives of the club’s third round exit from the competition.
A 1-1 draw in 90 minutes saw Tuesday’s meeting with Sky Bet League One Oxford United end in a penalty shootout where the Kassam Stadium side came out on top to progress in the competition.
Despite the disappointment of bowing out on spot kicks, Thomas told the media after the game that there were plenty of positives for the team to focus on.
“We are disappointed to go out but there are a lot of positives from the game,” he said.
“They had a strong team out and are a league higher but I think we more than held our own. I think at the end it was like basketball but we were unfortunate not to come away with a win – a draw was probably a fair result – but we more than held our own so there are a lot of positives to take from it.
“It does feel like a defeat and it will go down as one, but in the bigger picture it was 1-1 against a good side and they’ve got a lot of good players and a good budget so we competed well.”
Check out Thomas’ full post-match interview above on iFollow.
The former Coventry City midfielder will be aiming to be part of the Robins line-up that takes on Tranmere Rovers this coming Saturday at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.
Kick-off against Tranmere is at 3pm and tickets can be bought in advance online here, from the ticket office on Thursday and Friday between 10am and 3pm, or on the day on the turnstiles.