JASON Taylor believes Cheltenham Town must find their ruthless streak if they are to achieve their goal of automatic promotion this season.
The tough-tackling midfielder has partnered skipper Russ Penn in the two matches since his arrival from Rotherham United on a two-and-a-half year deal.
Cheltenham were in control for most of last Saturday's match against Torquay United, but still ended up having to endure a nervy finale after Rene Howe made it 2-1 in the 88th minute.
They took the lead again on Tuesday at home to Bristol Rovers thanks to Shaun Harrad's goal at the end of the first half, but the slender advantage was cancelled out by Oliver Norburn's 30-yard strike in the 95th minute.
Taylor said he had settled in quickly and seen plenty of positives in both performances, but he knows Cheltenham must learn to take their chances.
"I thought we defended very well on Tuesday night and it took a wonder goal for them to get a point, but we need to be more ruthless and wise in those situations really," he said.
"We should have killed game off and the lads are down because we looked comfortable until the last kick of the game and they didn't create much.
"Since John Ward went to Rovers they've been on the up and their recent form speaks for itself, but we should have been more professional to see it out."
Shaven-headed pair Taylor and Penn form an intimidating midfield duo, providing Mark Yates with real steel in the centre of the pitch.
The vocal and uncompromising 26-year-old has enjoyed the partnership, but he believes there is far more to come as they become more accustomed to playing together.
"We are getting a good understanding already and hopefully things can only get better with us," he said.
"On a personal level it's been a pleasing start for me at Cheltenham, and while I am disappointed to drop two points on Tuesday it could be a vital point at the end of the season.
"All the lads here have welcomed in the new signings and I have settled in here easily. I am sure it's the same for the other new lads too.
"It's a massive 16 games now and promotion is up for grabs.
"We are right in the mix and it's a case of whoever takes the bull by the horns – hopefully we are the team that does it."