BUCKLE’S SOLE AIM JUST TO SURVIVE
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.”
WATCH THIS: Stuart Beavon fires home Burton Albion’s first