Milton can’t take Robins to paradise
CARETAKER boss Russell Milton says he would love a chance to lead Cheltenham Town forward on a permanent basis after taking charge of their home defeat by Bury.
The Robins suffered a fourth straight reverse, with first-half goals from Danny Mayor and Danny Rose putting the Shakers on course and condemning the home side to a place in the bottom two for the first time this season.
But Cheltenham, who parted company with Paul Buckle the day before the game, showed plenty of fighting spirit and Milton said the signs were good.
“I enjoyed it and I was chuffed to bits to be asked by the chairman to be in charge,” said the academy coach.
“I know the club, I know the staff and how they operate and I would love a chance to do the job on a permanent basis.
“We have lost the game and that’s the ultimate, but the spirit was fantastic, right from the start.
“We then conceded twice and that’s indicative of how the team have been for most of the season, but from then on we were really good.
“We had threat in Wes Burns and Denny Johnstone was a handful up front. I have told the boys not to be too disappointed. If we give that for the next 15 games we’ll be all right.”
Bury boss David Flitcroft was happy with the way his play-off chasing team handled the expectancy of the home crowd, who gave Milton and acting assistant manager Steve Elliott a rousing reception.
“A new manager was put in place, which raised expectation levels and lifted the crowd and it was almost a celebration of the old manager leaving around the stadium,” Flitcroft said.“We wanted to quell that and we did for 20 minutes, we were outstanding, scoring twice, but we then took our foot off the gas, which is a great lesson for us because we gave them the impetus.
“They scored and it gave them hope and anyone with hope is dangerous. They didn’t threaten our goal a lot, but there were moments when they could have penetrated us, but I am delighted we stuck to the task and I was happy with how we defended our box.”
Bury’s opener was a fine individual effort from Mayor, who ran at the defence before shooting past ex-Shakers goalkeeper Trevor Carson.
Rose smashed a shot into the side netting two minutes later, but he made it 2-0 in the 17th minute when Andrew Tutte and Daniel Nardiello combined to set him up for a finish from close range.
There was very little goalmouth action after the break as Cheltenham threatened without seriously testing goalkeeper Nick Pope.
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