Decision time for trialists, encouraging signs and building strong mentality - Cheltenham Town boss Michael Flynn after win at Bath City


What did you make of that?

The young lads in the second half did extremely well. A really young team that had never played together before, against a half decent Bath team let's be straight - a very good team for their level. The youngsters were tested. First half, we played some really, really good football. We looked fit. Things to work on - obviously their goal was confusion, but some of the play, we could have scored five first half. So there were some really pleasing things. The boys look fit, they look like they are starting to get a pattern of play together and we haven't even really touched on that yet. No injuries, so it's a good night on the whole.

No Luke Young tonight. What's the situation there?

He has a slight infection in his toe, so instead of aggravating it, it's something we have rested him for and he should be okay for Friday (Evesham away).

Is central defence an area you are looking to prioritise?

Of course it is. I am working tirelessly, but it has to be the right fit. We are trying to get our targets in, sooner, so we can work together and give the fans some hope. Definitely working on it.

Which other areas would be a priority for you?

I don't really want to go into it too much because it ends up inflating the market. I have been here long enough to know that when we say you need one position, you get a call and the wages go up. I know where we need, Gary (Johnson) knows where we need and we are all on the same page, so it's something we'll work tirelessly to get right.

A few trialists involved tonight, what can you say about them?

They are on trial, that's it! You aren't getting much out of me on that.

What happens with them now?

I will sit down, speak to their agents, speak to them and we'll have a think and go from there.

Could they have another game on Friday, or now you've seen them twice is it decision time?

Possibly. You want to be fair to the players as well and not drag something out for no reason, if that's the case. We'll have a sit down and a think about it tomorrow.

Have you chosen your captain yet?

Not even thought about it. Depends who we bring in, as there might be a captain there. What I will say is, we have some experienced lads who have been captains before, so we are not shy in that area. Yes, I want more experience and that doesn't mean they have to be 30-plus, it means they've played in the league a good few times and add something to us. It's not just about signing any player that's available because believe me there are a lot of them. I am trying to be as selective as I can and with the budget, we have to do a thorough medical because we can't afford to carry players, so we'll look at everything. Not just because somebody becomes available, they have to be the right fit for us.

Matty Taylor back in action with a goal from the penalty spot and he looked sharp didn't he?

I thought he looked really sharp, to be honest, for his first minutes. It helped there being a bit of zip on the pitch. There were some really pleasing things. Liam Dulson getting another assist and he could have had two goals. There were some positives out there.

Liam Kinsella seemed to enjoy playing slightly further forward and while he doesn't score many, he caused problems for them in the first half

He is disruptive. If he does lose the ball, he is yapping away at them straight away to win it back. He knows what I want because he's worked with me before, but one thing we are working on is how quickly we recover the ball after losing it. No disappointments. Looking into principles and things like that, but if you don't react right when you lose the ball or you are out of possession, you are easily carved open. There is a lot to work on, but I mean that in a good way because I think there is more to come.

On the fitness front, how pleased are you because the double sessions have been coming thick and fast haven't they?

Yes, on Wednesday they will do an easier session, but Thursday again it'll be a tough, tough session. They are under no illusions how tough it'll be. They have had the ball out every day, since day one. The balls have been out, trying to build that mental toughness and togetherness, whichever way you want to speak about or explain it. It's important that they know the season is like that. For example, when you are going to Barrow away and things like that, you have to dig in when it's hurting, so that mentality is what we need.