Cheltenham Town video: We must maintain Oxford standards
TERRY Gornell says he and strike partner Byron Harrison set a standard in Cheltenham Town’s 2-2 home draw with Oxford United that they must now maintain.
Both front men were on target in a much-improved performance, as the Robins led twice before being pegged back each time by unbeaten Oxford.
Gornell and Harrison gave the visiting back four an uncomfortable afternoon and boss Mark Yates has demanded more consistency from the pair.
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“It’s up to us now to perform like that every week,” Gornell said.
“We have set the standard and we need to live up to it and cause problems for defences on a regular basis.”
Summer signing from Rochdale Gornell netted his first League goal for Cheltenham to put Cheltenham 2-1 up, a week after his injury time strike against Portsmouth was ruled out for offside.
He admitted Cheltenham would have been fortunate to snatch maximum points against Pompey, but he felt they deserved to beat second-placed Oxford.
“I thought we edged it and played well on Saturday,” he said.
“We deserved the three points on the back of the performance.
“If we’d won against Pompey I don’t think we’d have deserved it, but this was a different story.
“Last week offside didn’t even come into my head, but this time I had a look to the linesman and I was so glad there wasn’t a flag!”
Gornell gave some of the credit for Cheltenham’s display against Oxford to new first team coach Dave Kevan.
Ex-Notts County and Stoke City caretaker boss Kevan took his first sessions at Seasons last week and Gornell believes he has already made a positive impact on the team.
“Dave has come in and given us a lift and a fresh face does that,” Gornell said.
“He has drummed in the basics, which we needed and I think that showed on Saturday.
“The coaching has been good and we’ve seen that in our play, with more structure to our game and I thought we were by far the better side.”
With Jamie Cureton close to making his long-awaited return from a dislocated shoulder followed by a calf problem, Gornell and Harrison will face competition from one of the most prolific goalscorers in the English game over the past 20 years.
Harrison, who has scored four times this season, plays more on confidence then perhaps any other player in the Robins’ squad.
But Gornell said the former Wimbledon and Stevenage man’s ability has never been in doubt.
“Everyone plays on confidence to a certain extent and it’s a massive thing in football,” Gornell said.
“Byron is a quiet, really nice lad.
“For his size, people probably think he’s always going to be aggressive and he has that in him so I hope he can bring it to the table every week now.
“I thought we did well together on Saturday and Byron can be a big test for anybody and I thought he was superb.”