No­ble’s left with a fa­mil­iar feel­ing

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jon Palmer

CHEL­TENHAM mid­fielder David No­ble was left with a sense of déjà vu af­ter throw­ing away a lead that means they travel to Mans­field to­mor­row with work still to do to stave off the threat of rel­e­ga­tion.

The Robins took the lead through Jamie Cure­ton’s goal just af­ter the half-hour mark but any hopes of fi­nally putting their rel­e­ga­tion fears to bed soon evap­o­rated.

Fleet­wood hit back in the sec­ond half through an An­toni Sarce­vic penalty and Josh Mor­ris’ first goal for the club to se­cure a play-off berth at least in their sec­ond sea­son of League foot­ball.

And while the Cod Army kept them­selves in the hunt for an au­to­matic pro­mo­tion place, No­ble ad­mits the sooner his side can con­sign their sea­son to his­tory the bet­ter.

“We have thrown away 34 points, which is ridicu­lous re­ally,” No­ble said.“We know it’s hap­pen­ing, but we can’t stop it.It’s very frus­trat­ing and if we had half of those points we’d be com­fort­ably in the play-offs.

“I am sure it’s some­thing the gaffer (Mark Yates) will be look­ing to put right next sea­son.

“It’s down to con­cen­tra­tion lev­els and it’s all in the mind. The dress­ing room was a sombre place af­ter­wards, very quiet and some­how we have to pick our­selves up and go again at Mans­field.”

Chel­tenham took the lead through Cure­ton’s 32nd-minute strike af­ter Chris Maxwell had par­ried Harry Wil­liams’ shot.

But an im­prove­ment af­ter the break saw Fleet­wood level from the spot through Sarce­vic af­ter Matt Richards fouled Iain Hume in the 55th minute.

And Mor­ris won it with a clin­i­cal fin­ish af­ter David Ball’s pass nine min­utes later.

Chris Maxwell kept Chel­tenham out in the sec­ond half with some fine goal­keep­ing, keep­ing out Sido Jombati’s free-kick and reach­ing low to his right to stop Steve El­liott’s header.

And af­ter book­ing up a play-off spot, Cod Army man­ager Gra­ham Alexan­der feels the pres­sure is on the teams above them as the bid to claw their way into the au­to­matic places with three games left. “We got our­selves on the back foot with the first half show­ing and con­ced­ing the goal and we had to dig deep to get three points out of this game,” he said.

“The play­ers did that and it was great to see be­cause the sec­ond half was much-im­proved.

“It is all about play­ers – play­ers win games – and they showed the right spirit. It had to be more spirit and more tempo be­cause we know the qual­ity is there.We played re­ally well in the sec­ond half. When we had to de­fend we stood up to it.”

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