Milton is made to pay by Shay goal
NEW permanent Cheltenham boss Russell Milton insists his side have to learn to win ugly after Shay McCartan came off the Accrington bench to stop them claiming all three points at the Crown Ground.
Cheltenham – coming off a run of four consecutive league defeats – took the lead against the run of play when Wes Burns’ looping header found the net on 31 minutes.
But McCartan lashed his sixth goal of the season through Trevor Carson’s legs to equalise just three minutes after coming on, and deny Cheltenham their first win in eight games.
And Milton, in only his second game in charge after being appointed until the end of the season on Monday, remained upbeat despite the Robins’ inability to climb out of the League Two relegation zone.
“We’re a little disappointed with the result, but proud in the way we played in terms of going ahead in the game before being pegged back,” he said.
“We had our best spell of the game for ten minutes after half-time and they scored just after that, but overall I’m really pleased with the boys as the effort and desire was first class.
“It’s 100 per cent better than a couple of weeks ago and a step in the right direction.We’ve stopped the rot now and we’ll be looking to move forwards from this result.
“It was always our intention to sit in and not be too open as we knew they’d probably pick us off.
“They are a team with confidence having won a few games in a row, whereas we are not having lost a few in a row.
“So to get this result away from home and take something out of this game is very pleasing.
“We’ve talked about winning ugly and that’s what we’re probably going to have to do over the next few weeks.” In contrast Stanley manager John Coleman blasted his players after lacklustre defending and a failure to take their chances cost Accrington a third victory on the bounce.
He said:“I am so frustrated, more upset than when we have lost this season. “I know Cheltenham are fighting for their lives but I felt we had enough quality to win the game.
“The goal we conceded was Keystone Cops defending and I have never known a season where so many individual mistakes have cost us.
“The first 20 minutes they were all over the place and we should have put the game to bed then.
“There weren't many chances in the game, but the ones we had we didn't make the most of them.
“We’ve got to be clinical. We have some good players but I have had to have harsh words after the game.”
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