The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Mike Simmonds

HAT­TERS boss John Still paid trib­ute to his side’s re­silience as they ground out a win over pre­vi­ously un­beaten Chel­tenham Town.

Mark Cullen’s goal after just eight min­utes proved enough as Town recorded their first home vic­tory of the cam­paign.

Still said:“We found the way we played first half re­ally good, and in the sec­ond half, the word we had to come up with was re­silience.

“They were push­ing peo­ple on, got lots of balls in our box and I thought we de­fended it re­ally well.

“Tyles (Mark Tyler) has done well with­out mak­ing a save you would say was fan­tas­tic, but I think the thing that we had was that re­silience which was vi­tal.

“We had it last year, maybe not that much, but cer­tainly had to have it in places like Mac­cles­field and here against Lin­coln and here against Hal­i­fax and they’re all part of it.

“So to have that in your team, can get you over dif­fi­cult times.”

Chel­tenham mounted a sec­ond half on­slaught as they were de­nied by home goal­keeper Mark Tyler on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions.

And Robins man­ager Mark Yates added: “In the sec­ond half I thought we were out­stand­ing and I think if we’d have got one we would have got a cou­ple, but it wasn’t to be.

“I won’t fault the lads as long as I get ef­fort like that. We’ve been built on hard work, ef­fort and com­mit­ment and I got that all game.

“I just thought the first 15-20 min­utes we were a bit mis­guided and we got beaten at what per­haps we do to teams a lit­tle bit too of­ten. “Credit to them, they had some­thing to hang on to and man­aged to do so. Their keeper has made a few good saves, but it’s just how we re­spond from this now.”

A strong start from the hosts paid div­i­dends as, after Ross Lafayette saw his shot blocked and Cullen’s header was cleared off the line, they took the lead on eight min­utes.

Scott Grif­fiths swung over a cross from the left and Cullen nod­ded beyond Trevor Car­son for his sec­ond goal of the sea­son.

The hosts had fur­ther chances. Lafayette had another ef­fort cleared, while Luke Gut­tridge flashed just wide from dis­tance.

Chel­tenham threat­ened only spo­rad­i­cally, with Joe Hanks off tar­get twice from range, and Steve McNulty mak­ing a su­perb block from Koby Arthur.

After the break, Hat­ters thought they had a sec­ond when sub­sti­tute Jim Steven­son turned in from close range, but he was de­nied by a very late as­si­tant ref­eree’s flag.

The Robins then en­joyed wave after wave of at­tacks as they can count them­selves very un­lucky not to gain some­thing from the game.

John Mar­quis’ free-kick was par­ried by Tyler, who then beat away Ja­son Tay­lor’s fierce drive and stood up well when sub­sti­tute Omari Ster­ling-James raced through.

Gut­tridge sent an ac­ro­batic vol­ley over Car­son’s bar and Cullen’s touch let him down, but Robins kept go­ing, with Arthur the main cul­prit as he dragged wide more than once.

Tyler then saved the day late on too, re­act­ing well to deny Arthur as Lu­ton clung on.

LU­TON: (4-4-2): Tyler 8, Lacey 7 (Steven­son 54 7), McNulty 8, Wilkin­son 7, Wil­liams 7 (Drury 78 6), Smith 8, Rud­dock Mpanzu 8, Grif­fiths 8, Gut­tridge 7 (How­ells 71 6), Cullen 6, Lafayette 7. Subs not used: Justham, Wall, Walker, Rooney. CHEL­TENHAM: (4-4-2): Car­son 6, Brown 6, M Tay­lor 6, El­liott 5 (Har­ri­son 46 6) , Bra­ham-Bar­rett 6, Wyn­ter 6 (Gor­nell 90 N/A), Hanks 7 (Ster­ling-Jones 63 5), Richards 7, J Tay­lor 6, Arthur 7, Mar­quis 8 Subs not used: Ha­worth, Dea­man, Black, Reynolds.

PIC­TURES: Gareth Owen

MAK­ING HIS MARK: Cullen cel­e­brates his early strike, which proved to be the win­ner STAR MAN MARK TYLER


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