Mil­ton is made to pay by Shay goal

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Simon Har­ris

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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