Mil­ton can’t take Robins to par­adise

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

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.

STAR MAN JIM McNUL

TY Bury

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