Cheltenham Town video: Jones calls for 90-minute performance
LEFT-back Billy Jones says Cheltenham Town must put in a 90-minute performance if they are to turn around their disappointing home form against Oxford United this evening.
The Robins suffered their second successive defeat at the Abbey Business Stadium on Saturday, going down 3-1 to Southend United.
Mark Yates' side performed well in the first half and took a 15th-minute lead through Jermaine McGlashan, but three goals conceded in eight minutes either side of half-time earned Southend the points.
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Jones knows they must find more consistency, rather than having purple patches followed by periods of defensive disarray.
"Against Accrington (3-0 defeat) we were abysmal, but against Southend were were good at times and not so great at times, so we need to find a balance and make sure we are decent for 90 minutes," Jones said.
"It's good that we can put Saturday to bed with a game straightaway this evening, but we need to concentrate on rectifying the mistakes and doing more of the good bits.
"We're playing in front of our home fans, with nothing to fear and on a decent pitch.
"We enjoy playing at home, but we need a win and a performance to get us going and I'm sure we'll be okay."
As a set piece specialist, Jones was as disappointed as anyone to see Southend score twice from set pieces early in the second half.
Cheltenham felt Steve Elliott was impeded for the goal that put Southend 2-1 up in the 49th minute, but they failed to deal with another ball in from Kevan Hurst three minutes later as central defender Mark Phillips put the game beyond their reach.
"The first one after half-time was a clear foul on Steve Elliott, but you are going to get them sometimes," he said.
"The third goal was disappointing again, but we have got to keep working on it and we have got to stand up and be counted."