Vin­cent’s a star as Robins rot is stopped

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 praised winger Ash­ley Vin­cent for pro­vid­ing the spark his side needed as they ended their sev­en­match win­less run at New­port County.

Vin­cent made his first League Two start of the cam­paign and his closerange strike in the 22nd minute gave the Robins their open­ing vic­tory of 2014, eas­ing their fears of be­ing dragged into a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle.

“It’s time for people to step up now and the play­offs might be out of reach, but we can still fin­ish eighth and the de­sire and com­mit­ment we showed to­day means we have a chance,” Yates said.

“It might be the lease of life Ash­ley Vin­cent needs and the bit of spark we needed as a team and as well as scor­ing he put a few crosses in which we have been miss­ing.

“He was ex­cel­lent for 50 min­utes be­fore he tired and I de­cided to keep him in Jan­uary be­cause if we can use him and get the best out of him, we have a very good player.”

Yates also hailed his side’s de­fen­sive ef­fort at Rod­ney Pa­rade as they be­came the first team to stop New­port scor­ing on their own pitch this term.

“We were good on the break and we limited them to one half chance de­spite hav­ing 33 crosses,” Yates said.

“We won ev­ery­thing be­cause we wanted it and that’s what we needed.

“We’ve been far from per­fect this sea­son, but per­for­mances like that give you heart.

New­port as­sis­tant man­ager Jimmy Dack said there was real dis­ap­pointed that the Ex­iles failed to build on last Tues­day’s win over Ox­ford United as their play-off hopes were dented.

“We are very dis­ap­pointed and we were be­low par,” he said.“We played well on Tues­day and we had a chance to kick on, but it’s a very de­flated dress­ing room, man­ager and sup­port­ers. “Con­ced­ing early didn’t help and I don’t want to use the pitch as an ex­cuse be­cause Chel­tenham dealt with it.We knocked on the door, but we couldn’t open it up.

“We know with that pitch, go­ing into the sand you can’t move the ball quickly, but in the sec­ond half play­ing into the good half we thought we could get in, but Chel­tenham got men be­hind the ball and we couldn’t open them up, so we are re­ally dis­ap­pointed.”

Brun­dle started the move which led to the de­ci­sive goal, re­leas­ing Jer­maine McGlashan on the right be­fore Vin­cent stretched to force his low cross over the line.

Clear chances were at a pre­mium but Chris Ze­broski went close against his old club in the 38th minute.

STAR MAN STEVE EL­LIOT

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