BAT­TLING CITY DE­LIGHT YATES

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jon Palmer To com­ment on this match go to http://boards. footy­mad.net/

CHEL­TENHAM Town man­ager Mark Yates in­sisted the way his side fin­ished their draw at York City has filled him with en­cour­age­ment ahead of the sea­son run-in.

The Robins are still wait­ing for their first win of 2014, but they bat­tled to reg­is­ter a third suc­ces­sive draw, de­fend­ing solidly and then hav­ing a go at York.

“I ac­tu­ally en­joyed the last half an hour af­ter we’d bat­tled and scrapped in aw­ful con­di­tions,” Yates said.

“We showed re­silience and dug in, but in the last part of the game we played with en­joy­ment and free­dom, counter at­tack­ing re­ally well so per­haps we could have nicked it.

“We had some good pas­sages of play, which gives us some­thing to look at in the com­ing months.

“It wasn’t free-flow­ing foot­ball, but you have to do what is nec­es­sary and it’s a good point for us.

“There were pos­i­tives against the wind, get­ting it down and pass­ing it. We dealt with their threat well and I am pleased with the clean sheet.

“It’s pleas­ing to come here, against some lively play­ers and stand firm.”

York skip­per Russ Penn ad­mit­ted it was a strange feel­ing to take on his old team mates, hav­ing made the switch from Chel­tenham for a five-fig­ure fee in Jan­uary.

The mid­fielder was shown a yel­low card in the tenth minute, but went on to dom­i­nate pro­ceed­ings in the cen­tre of the pitch.

“It was a weird sit­u­a­tion and my lit­tle boy didn’t know which team I was play­ing for!” Penn said.“It was good to see the lads and a good point for both teams in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions.

“I was wor­ried af­ter the yel­low card and I thought Jer­maine McGlashan had a good game for Chel­te­ham be­cause he was ev­ery­where and he got tripped about eight times.

“I had to take the book­ing and then it was about keep­ing my head.

“We had more of the chances, but Chel­tenham had some too and de­fences were on top mainly. Scott Brown had a good game in goal for them and we are dis­ap­pointed not to have won it, but in the end it’s a good point.

“I didn’t have any­thing to prove, I had a bad stage at Chel­tenham and some­times that’s how it goes.

“It’s a new chap­ter in my ca­reer now, I am en­joy­ing it here and long may it con­tinue.”

Brown made a fine dou­ble save to keep out Michael Coul­son’s free-kick in the 44th minute, re­cov­er­ing quickly to block Ryan Bow­man’s fol­low-up effort.

Coul­son’s corner was nod­ded against his own bar by Ihiek we in the 49th minute as York pressed with the wind in their favour af­ter half-time. Brown turned Josh Car­son’s free-kick over the bar in the 55th minute, but Chel­tenham fin­ished on top.

McGlashan missed a good chance af­ter be­ing set up by By­ron Har­ri­son in the 64th minute and he drove an­other effort wide four min­utes later as hon­ours fin­ished even.

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BLOCK: Chel­tenham keeper Scott Brown saves a shot from John McCombe STAND­ING FIRM: Josh Car­son fires in a free­kick as the wall pre­pares

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