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Cheltenham Town video: Buzz is back after Torquay victory - Harrad

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 05, 2013

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SHAUN Harrad believes there is a buzz back in Cheltenham Town's dressing room after Saturday's 2-1 victory over Torquay United.

Harrad described the January influx of new players as a breath of fresh air and he said he was excited at the prospect of linking up with Paul Benson for a second time in the Robins' attack against Bristol Rovers tonight.

"Everyone is buzzing again now because things did go flat," Harrad said.

"The weather conditions played a big part in that, but results weren't great either.

"On Saturday we looked solid and looked capable of scoring on every attack and it's so exciting playing with someone like Paul Benson because you know he's going to win flick-ons and set up chances for you.

"We had a good chat after the game and long may it continue."

Harrad fired in his ninth goal of the season five minutes into the second half to put Cheltenham two up and firmly on course for the victory which took them back into the top three.

He received a pass from Jermaine McGlashan before turning away from his marker and placing a low finish past Michael Poke.

"That's my game and if I get chances like that I know I can take them," Harrad said.

"I thought we linked up well, complemented each other and we have quality coming on from the bench too, so I am delighted.

"I am close to double figures now which was always my first aim and hopefully we can get this club promoted because that's what we all want."

During his celebration Harrad revealed a message on his T-shirt for his aunt, who was diagnosed with cancer last week.

"It was for her and it's important she gets well soon," Harrad said.

"I was booked for it, but I don't think the referee saw what it said and it's the letter of the law so I couldn't have too many complaints about that."

Harrad also had the ball in the net in the third minute, forcing Benson's goalbound shot over the line from close range, but he was offside.

"I apologised to Benno, but he said he'd probably have done the same in my position," Harrad said.

"I didn't think I was offside anyway, but instinct took over and if it happened again I'd probably react in the same way.

"The most important thing was that we won and got the three points."

Harrad played with another of Cheltenham's transfer window signings, Jason Taylor, during his loan spell at Rotherham United last season.

"The gaffer (Mark Yates) has brought in real quality and also some real character too," Harrad said.

"I know Jaybo (Taylor) from Rotherham and he's an established player.

"He will organise, get in everyone's faces and he can settle a game down when needed. He will grow as the games go by as well.

"We are all in it together and we want to push on now and stay in that top three."

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