Reuben Reid on Scoring Form: “I don’t think it’s a habit but it’s a phase at the moment and hopefully that phase can continue.”

Cheltenham Town forward Reuben Reid scored his third goal in as many matches to inspire his side to a crucial 1-0 victory over Mansfield Town on Saturday.

The 31-year-old started the afternoon on the bench, but was introduced after just 52 minutes when Cheltenham manager Michael Duff made a bold triple substitution to change the tide of the game.

His decision had the desired effect and Reid was once again the hero of the afternoon with a bullet header on 65 minutes deciding a cagey affair at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Reid revealed, “I don’t know if it’s a habit but it’s a phase at the moment and hopefully that phase can continue.

“I’m just available to play. Whatever role I need to fill, I’m going on the pitch looking to make a positive impact for the team. It might be a goal, or it might be to run back and usher the ball out of play.

“However may it be, I’m just looking to impact the game in any shape or form.”

The Robins moved to within six points of the automatic promotion places, after Exeter City lost at Northampton and Plymouth Argyle served up a goalless draw at home to Cambridge United.

Cheltenham may be keeping their feet on the ground at the moment, but Reid admitted that his side have put themselves in “a good position to make that become a reality or a possibility.

“I think we’ve definitely got the potential to do it, it’s just a case of games like today [against Mansfield], getting the job done and just ticking it over.”

He added, “There’s still so many points to play for and so many games but we know it’s a potential eventuality.”

Michael Duff told Gloucestershire Live writer Jon Palmer that it feels like having a brand new player since Reid returned from injury at the start of the month.

“I said it last week and I’ll repeat it, he isn’t an Alfie May or a Luke Varney, or an Alex Addai, running around all over the place. But if you get quality into him and give him chances, he’s proven at this level,” Duff revealed.

Cheltenham have a prime opportunity to extend their lead over the following pack with games against 7th place Northampton Town and 6th place Colchester United on Tuesday and Saturday respectively.

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