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“To a man we were superb and one million times better than Plymouth last week and I really enjoyed it.
“It’s been a tough week with soul searching and we now want to take it to the last game by beating Exeter next Saturday.” Gills boss Martin Allen was given a hostile reception on his return to a club that by his own admission he did a poor job between 2008 and 2009.
But he said he hopes Cheltenham join Gillingham in League One next term.
“I do hope Cheltenham go up, because whatever the supporters think about me I don’t really give a monkeys,” Allen said.
“I love this place, it’s always been very special to me and the welcome I had from the staff and the people behind the scenes was great, they all know I worked my best here.
“They are the people that matter and all of our supporters behind the goal who sang their hearts right through to the very end.
“They’ve seen our players give everything for the club once again. It would have been great to get a goal at the end to go up, but now we look forward to next Saturday, and a win next Saturday and we will be the Champions and we’re all set.”
Gillingham tested Brown in the 33rd minute when the goalkeeper turned over Danny Kedwell’s overhead kick.
But Cheltenham edged the first half and Hector went close with a header that was deflected wide by Adam Barrett at the near post.
The decisive goal arrived when Billy Jones’ corner was powered in by the head of Hector, who celebrated the first goal of his loan spell from Reading to secure three priceless points, leaving Cheltenham in fourth place, two behind third-placed Burton. Chris Whelpdale saw a shot deflected over in the dying seconds, but an equaliser would have been harsh.
BUNDLE: Michael Hector celebrates after scoring Cheltenham’s winner