Cheltenham Town: Billy is a whizz at keeping his cool
UNFLAPPABLE Billy Jones has called for calm heads as Cheltenham Town bid to return to winning ways at home to Barnet this afternoon.
A fine run of form has come to a shuddering halt in the past seven days, with heavy defeats suffered at both Rotherham United (4-2) and Chesterfield (4-1).
However, Mark Yates' side have won their last four home matches in all competitions and they remain in the third and final automatic promotion place ahead of the visit of bottom club Barnet.
Summer signing from Exeter City Jones said belief in the camp remains strong and it is up to the senior players to guide the team out of their mini dip in form.
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"It's all about understanding the game and not getting carried away when you win or lose," he said.
"You have to keep a steady head and most of the players here do, but the experienced players help when it comes to this sort of situation.
"As players we are not worried about anything because we are confident if we all work hard and do our individual jobs we will get back to winning ways."
Yates has said Jones' temperament and experience mean he is unfazed by anything that may be thrown at him during 90 minutes, taking it all very much in his stride.
As well as being a calming influence from his left-back berth, Jones has continued to contribute with assists at both Rotherham and Chesterfield from corners.
With eight direct assists and numerous other telling deliveries he has set up more goals than any other player in League Two this season apart from Southend's Kevan Hurst – but the 29-year-old is not keeping count.
"Assists mean nothing when you come off the back of a 4-1 defeat like we did at Chesterfield," he said.
"It was tough going and we've had two bad results on the spin, but we'll put it right against Barnet and we've won our last four at home.
"I am helping the team by setting up goals, which is what I am here to do, so hopefully I will have a few more as the season goes on. But I don't actually know how many I have at this stage."
Hailing from Kent, Jones and members of his family are supporters of Tottenham Hotspur, which makes the prospect of taking on midfielder Edgar Davids this afternoon all the more appealing.
Dutch master Davids played for Spurs between 2005 and 2007 after spells with Ajax, Juventus, Barcelona and both Milan clubs: AC and Inter.
He is available again after a one-match ban picked up for a red card against Accrington last Saturday.
"He is a legend and I've already had a few texts from Tottenham fans, including my brother-in-law, who can't believe we are up against him," Jones said.
"It'll be good and if he gets sent off again, it won't be a bad thing! I'd say I am a Tottenham fan and a few of my family are too."