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Cheltenham Town video: 'We owe our loyal fans a big result' - McGlashan

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: September 18, 2012

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JERMAINE McGlashan says Cheltenham Town owe their supporters a performance tonight after successive home defeats.

They play Oxford United (7.45pm) hoping to bounce back from Saturday's 3-1 disappointment against Southend United.

McGlashan put Mark Yates' side ahead and they appeared to be on course for a positive result until a flurry of goals either side of half-time sealed the points for the visitors.

Winger McGlashan praised the Robins fans for continuing to back the team as things went rapidly downhill in the second half and he said they must be repaid with a stirring display in this evening's local derby.

"I'd like to thank the fans, who sang all the way through on Saturday and we are looking forward to playing Oxford because we definitely owe the fans a performance," McGlashan said.

"It was frustrating to take the lead and then concede three goals, but we can't feel sorry for ourselves.

"We need points at home and we want to get a run started.

"It will be a great atmosphere tonight and the fans will be singing their hearts out again so we need to lift ourselves quickly and get a result for them."

McGlashan has now scored five goals in 20 starts for Cheltenham, the same number he netted in 48 starts for previous club Aldershot Town.

He is keen to hit double figures this term having scored twice in the opening weeks of the campaign.

"It's been a good start for me with the goals, but Saturday's was definitely bittersweet because of the result," McGlashan said.

"I am happy with two goals at this stage, but I want many more and I'll be trying to get into more of those positions in the box.

"I want to keep my place in the team and play week-in week-out."

Influential skipper Alan Bennett is expected to start his first League Two match of the season tonight.

The Republic of Ireland international has been affected by hamstring, back and calf injuries, but he completed an hour in a training ground friendly on Saturday morning and boss Mark Yates is set to throw him back in.

Russ Penn is also pushing for a return in midfield after starting the last two matches on the bench. Forward Chris Zebroski, a former Oxford loan player, will return to the squad after missing Saturday's match with illness.

Robins midfielder Sam Deering spent three years at Oxford, helping them win promotion to the Football League via the Conference play-offs in 2010.

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  • ALChelt  |  September 18 2012, 9:08AM

    Brown Sido Bennett Elliott Jones Pack Carter Penn McGlashan Harrod Deering or Zebroski well good luck M Y I just sat and picked your side for tonight and realised we have not got a solid up and down left sided midfield player,however the personal I have picked could easily slip from one formation to another and all have good footballing brains,both Deering and Zebroski put in good shifts a point that I think many Robins fans have missed with Zeb Deering is a terrific little player who makes things happen,his obvious lack of physical presence would not suit is inclusion in every game and I'm still not sure we can accomadate Pack and Carter together,for me there too similar but both excellant footballers. So Yeatesy on paper it's simple...personally I will stick to my day job and leave you to scratch your head in why we have failed to take our chances and allowed teams to snatch easy goals from us....but be sure I cant wait to voice my opinion...being a footy fan is so much fun. COME ON YOU ROBINS....