Cheltenham Town: I can still have a big say on season – Jermaine McGlashan
JERMAINE McGlashan is confident he will still have a big say on the outcome of Cheltenham Town's season, despite having to settle for bench duty in the last four matches.
The exciting winger lost his place along with fellow wide man Kaid Mohamed after the 2-2 draw at Accrington Stanley on February 23.
Boss Mark Yates has since played a 4-2-3-1 formation with specialist central midfielders Russ Penn and Darren Carter either side of Sam Deering, with Jason Taylor and Marlon Pack sitting deeper.
McGlashan has made positive impacts from the bench, particularly in the 1-0 home win against Chesterfield and while he would rather be starting, he knows he is a useful weapon against tiring defenders.
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"I feel fresh as I haven't played much and it's been a breather," McGlashan said.
"The team has done well without wingers, passing the ball so all you can do is go on and have an impact and I feel I have done that well, particularly against Chesterfield.
"It's the business end of the season so I know the team will need me and I'll be ready."
Cheltenham take on promotion rivals Rotherham United side at the Abbey Business Stadium tomorrow (3pm).
The Millers are led by Steve Evans, who tried to sign McGlashan for Crawley Town in January 2012 before he made his £50,000 move to Cheltenham.
McGlashan is hoping his eye-catching cameos may have persuaded Yates that now is the right time to thrust him back into the starting line-up.
"Against Rotherham earlier in the season we scored early, but they spanked us 4-1.
"Evans tried to sign me last season for Crawley and that makes you almost want to hurt them more and I want to let them know what they missed out on, which will obviously benefit Cheltenham too.
"It would be nice to be involved from the start and I am hungry to play a big part in us getting into the top three.
"I feel the gaffer will need me at some stage so I have to be mentally right and desperate to play, especially against a team managed by Evans."
After taking some time to settle in last season, McGlashan began to find his feet, helping Cheltenham reach the play-off final with goals in both legs of the semi-final against Torquay United.
"Things might have to change in the next couple of games and I could be needed for the play-offs, or for the last eight games so it's important I am ready and we desperately want to reach the automatic promotion places," he said.