Steve Cotterill says pressure is off Cheltenham in play-offs

Ex-Cheltenham manager Steve Cotterill believes the pressure is off the Robins as they go into their play-off semi-final second leg against Torquay.

Mark Yates' side take a 2-0 lead into the away leg at Plainmoor on Thursday.

Cotterill, who led the club to three promotions during his five years in charge, told BBC Gloucestershire: "They are well-worthy of the 2-0 scoreline.

"There's a bit of pressure off the lads now. I think they could get another goal in this, for sure."

Cotterill, now manager at Nottingham Forest, added: "It's set up now. They're two goals to the good and the clean sheet is important. They can definitely finish the job."

Cheltenham enjoyed their most successful spell during local boy Cotterill's reign.

He secured the Robins promotion to the Football League for the first time in their history in 1999, and took them to League One in 2002 after winning the play-off final against Rushden and Diamonds at the Millennium Stadium, in what was to be Cotterill's last game in charge.

They achieved a similar feat in 2006 under John Ward and are now looking for a return to League One after a three-year absence.

And despite Cheltenham holding the advantage going into the second leg, Yates knows their task is not yet complete.

"On Sunday, the players were saying the right things," Yates said.

"They were talking about it only being half-time and that there's still a long way to go.

"We won't get carried away. We know where we are and we know what's at stake.

"Hopefully we can enjoy it come the final whistle but it won't be until then."