Troy gifts Mil­ton first win as boss

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

RUS­SELL Mil­ton in­sisted it was no more than Chel­tenham de­served as he bagged his first win as Robins boss at the ex­pense of fel­low strug­glers Tran­mere Rovers.

An early Danny Holmes own goal fol­lowed by Troy Brown’s sec­ond-half header was enough to earn the Robins their first home suc­cess in League Two since Oc­to­ber 18.

It also pro­pelled Chel­tenham out of the bot­tom two and Mil­ton was strug­gling to con­tain his de­light.

“It was bril­liant from start to fin­ish,” Mil­ton said. “The spirit, ef­fort and de­ter­mi­na­tion was first class.

“We started well, got the goal and then the de­fend­ing was su­perb.

“Troy Brown, Matt Tay­lor and Pablo Mills re­ally shut things out.We de­fended from the front too, so I am re­ally pleased all-round.

“We wanted to make a good start, play­ing on the front foot and closing them down.

“We were camped in their half, get­ting crosses in and ask­ing ques­tions. We scored with Shaun Har­rad’s cross-shot and it was nice to make the most of be­ing on top.

“We said at half-time the next goal was im­por­tant and to make sure it was us.

“It was a great header from Troy for the sec­ond, a striker’s header re­ally and very coolly done.”

Mean­while, Tran­mere boss Micky Adams ad­mit­ted his side were sec­ond best at Whad­don Road as they were dragged deeper into trou­ble.

“We started poorly, didn’t get any­where near them for the first 20 min­utes, which is un­be­liev­able re­ally,” Adams said.

“They knew the im­por­tance of the game, but we got ex­actly what we de­served, which was noth­ing.

“Chel­tenham wanted it more than we have and that’s re­ally dis­ap­point­ing. We have to stop play­ing as in­di­vid­u­als and we have to gel them to­gether. At this mo­ment in time we are a long way from that.

“I can’t take any­thing away from Chel­tenham, who stuck to their game plan and de­served their win.”

Har­rad made an in­stant im­pact on his re­turn to Chel­tenham, on loan from Notts County, blast­ing the ball across the the face of goal – af­ter some neat foot­work in the sev­enth minute – that flew in off the un­for­tu­nate Holmes.

Tran­mere front­man Jor­dan Hugill saw an ef­fort cleared off the line by Matt Tay­lor in the 48th minute, but Chel­tenham made it 2-0 on the hour when Brown stooped to nod in Matt Richards’ free-kick.

A free-kick from Max Power clipped the top of the bar as Tran­mere made a late push, but they never se­ri­ously looked like hit­ting back and Chel­tenham cel­e­brated.

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