BUCKLE’S SOLE AIM JUST TO SUR­VIVE

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

PAUL Buckle ad­mits sur­vival will now rep­re­sent a suc­cess­ful sea­son for Chel­tenham af­ter they slipped to a home de­feat by new league lead­ers Bur­ton.

The Brew­ers stormed into a three goal lead, through Stu­art Beavon, Adam McGurk and Phil Ed­wards, be­fore Wes Burns pulled one back for Buckle’s side.

Burns was one of six debu­tants on show for Chel­tenham, but the new faces could not stop them fall­ing to 22nd in the ta­ble.

“If we fin­ish third from bot­tom it’ll be a suc­cess­ful sea­son for us,” Buckle said.

“We have to stick to­gether now, ev­ery­one at the club, and do ev­ery­thing hu­manly pos­si­ble to get the wins we need to stay up.

“I thought, for the first 20 min­utes, it was a pretty dull game and then Beavon did what Beavon does best.

“It was a ter­rific goal, and some­times you have to hold your hands up.

“Af­ter that, it was a com­mon fea­ture; the ball goes out and we don’t or­gan­ise enough to stop the cross go­ing in and we are 2-0 down.

“It was very flat at half-time, so I made two changes, but they didn’t have a chance to come to fruition be­fore the third goal, which was crim­i­nal, re­ally.

“We have been pretty tight on set plays, and cer­tainly cor­ners, but their boy Phil Ed­wards was free. No­body picked him up.

“To get out of trou­ble and be a good side, you need to do your job and a bit more.

“What gives me hope is the way we played af­ter we went 3-0 down. Eliot Richards, Wes Burns and Denny Johnstone looked a threat and I saw some pos­i­tive signs.”

Beavon’s opener came in the 21st minute af­ter a shot from Dar­ragh Leni­han had been blocked by Matt Tay­lor, al­low­ing Beavon to stroke in the loose ball with a fine fin­ish.

It was 2-0 in the 36th minute, with Lu­cas Akins’ cross from the right not dealt with, McGurk cap­i­talised on hes­i­tancy from the de­fend­ers to nod in.

And Ed­wards was granted the free­dom of Whad­don Road to head the third from McGurk’s cor­ner four min­utes into the sec­ond half.

Chel­tenham did im­prove late on, lifted by a fine strike from Burns.

He pow­ered into the box and struck a shot past Jon McLaugh­lin in the 56th minute, but Bur­ton were com­fort­able win­ners. And Bur­ton boss Jimmy Floyd Has­sel­baink praised his team for their pro­fes­sional per­for­mance as they moved back to the sum­mit of League Two.

“You are al­ways happy with three points,” he said. “The per­for­mance was good, es­pe­cially in the first half.

“In the sec­ond, we started very well. We looked very com­fort­able and, when you look very com­fort­able, it can be very danger­ous.

“They scored to make it 3-1 and then there was a lit­tle bit of panic, but we fin­ished it very pro­fes­sion­ally and had more chances. We looked very good at times.

“We are tak­ing each game as it comes.The next one is now on Tues­day against Wim­ble­don and that’s all we can af­fect.”

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