BOSS RUSS ‘SICK’ OF POOR SHOWS
CHELTENHAM Town boss Russell Milton admitted he was struggling for any positives after watching his side slip to the bottom of the table with this home defeat by Plymouth Argyle.
Two goals for Reuben Reid and a third from substitute Zak Ansah kept Argyle on course for the play-offs.
But it leaves the Robins facing a huge battle to preserve their Football League status.
“We’ve got to start winning and I’ve said that in the dressing room, so the players know it,” said Milton, whose nine games in charge have yielded just one victory, against Tranmere four weeks ago.
“There’s enough in the dressing room to get out of it, we just need to get enough on the pitch there too.
“We’ve done it, we’ve had some good performances, but we haven’t got the results we’ve deserved at times.
“But in the next seven games we have to go for it and produce some results.
“I’m sick to the pit of my stomach at where we are at the minute. They all care and we’ve got to pick ourselves up, get on with it and prepare for York on Friday.”
Meanwhile, Plymouth boss John Sheridan was delighted with his team’s display as they ran out comfortable winners at Whaddon Road.
“It was very good on a tricky pitch and I emphasised that to the lads before the game,” he said. “We coped with it very well, playing with an urgency.
“And when you get the first goal it gives you something to hold on to, but we saw it out well and we were excellent in the second half.
“We were solid throughout on a tight pitch. I told them they need to step up the pitch ten or 15 yards, keep possession for longer periods and we did that in the second half.
“We have an outstanding clean sheet record and it’s good to pick up another one. We could have scored more than three.”
Reid’s first goal came in the 34th minute after Cheltenham allowed central defender Carl McHugh to run 30 yards unopposed.
His pass reached Reid in the penalty box and the powerful striker finished neatly past Trevor Carson for his 18th goal of what has been a successful campaign.
Mathieu Manset missed Cheltenham’s best opportunity to level in the 43rd minute, firing wide with only Luke McCormick to beat after Shaun Harrad’s pass.
Carson made a one-handed stop to deny Lewis Alessandra in the 49th minute, but it was 2-0 after an hour and the game was all but up.
Reid’s shot looped up off defender Matt Taylor and into the net, giving Carson no chance.
Ansah rounded off the scoring with four minutes left, nodding in Anthony O’Connor’s cross from the right to cap his debut with a goal.
ZAK ATTACK: Plymouth’s Zak Ansah beats Cheltenham keeper Trevor Carson to make it 3-0
REID ALL ABOUT IT: Rueben Reid celebrates putting Plymouth ahead