Date: 6th November 2013 at 10:31pm
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Midfielder Matt Richards has said he’s hoping he gets the chance to ply his trade back in the centre of midfield when we take on Tamworth in the first round of the FA cup this weekend.

The former England U21 international has filled in at left back for Mark Yates in our last three games following the facial injury to Craig Braham-Barrett which he sustained in the game against Rochdale back on October 19th.

Speaking to the Gloucestershire Echo ahead of the encounter at The Lamb, Richards said he was hopeful of a return to his favoured position following the suspension of David Noble after he picked up five yellow cards, and of course Braham-Barrett could be in line for a return to action at the weekend as well having resumed training.

‘I’d like the chance to play in midfield again and I have always said it’s my preferred position. I have enjoyed it at left back and I think me and Troy (Brown) have struck up an understanding, so I have no problems, but given the choice I’d rather be in midfield.’

Richards has obviously taken on set piece duties this season following the departure of Billy Jones, and the player continued to say that he’d been pleased with his level of delivery, especially of late, as he’s directly contributed to us finding the net three times – a further two from penalties.

He says he’s set himself a target of ten goals for this campaign, and following his 35 yarder against York City, he’s now half way to his total, so if he can keep going at this rate, clearly he’s going to have to push himself a little further into a double figure aim to keep challenging himself.

As for our overall form, Richards says that he feels we are playing well and we are playing some good football, but we both need to be more clinical in front of goal, and more importantly cut out the errors and sloppiness that has crept in this season at the back, and then he feels we’ll be winning games convincingly which is what everybody wants to do.