Michael Timlin on Cheltenham Town and the final six games of the campaign
On the back of a hard-fought three points against Torquay United and ahead of the tough trip to Cheltenham Town on Saturday, Michael Timlin has said ‘the points are what matter now’.
The midfielder says putting in good performances and winning the game is Blues’ first priority, but with just six games left of the season, he’s admitted the three points matter much more than good performances at this stage.
He said: “We showed on Saturday against Torquay that when it’s not really a footballing game and it’s more gritty, we can dig in and get the three points.
“Of course, going into any game we want to put in a good performance, but we’re getting to the stage of the season where the points matter much more than good performances.
“On Saturday we’ll go there full of confidence after the last two games. It’ll be a very tough game, a tight game, but I believe we’ve got the ability to shine through and win the game.
“We’ve got that momentum back in our game now. No-one looks at how a team has performed on a Saturday night at this time of the season, they look to check if they’ve won.
“We want to perform first and foremost, but it’s all about the points. We’ve got to have a positive mindset because Cheltenham are a good side.”
The Robins suffered play-off heartbreak last season, which Timlin says they may have found difficult to deal with at the beginning of the campaign.
But the midfielder has been impressed with the job that Mark Yates has done, and expects a very difficult test on Saturday afternoon.
He added: “Two years ago, we missed out in the play-offs and found it difficult to deal with the label of favourites early in the campaign.
“With a few changes over the summer to the playing squad, they seemed to find it tough, but they’ve come back into it very well.
“Mark Yates has done a great job. They’re an experienced side in what is a tough division. If you’re not consistent you can fall away very quickly.
“It should be an entertaining game for supporters. I hope the fans get to the game in good numbers and we can put in a good performance and get the all important three points for them.”