Best laid plans go awry in Robins win

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Derek Quinn

CHELTENHAM boss Gary John­son ad­mit­ted the coach­ing book was thrown to one side as his team clinched a vi­tal three points on a con­tro­ver­sial af­ter­noon.

Two goals in a minute from Billy Wa­ters and Harry Pell earned the strug­gling Robins a much-needed win against a More­cambe side who were re­duced to ten men on 41 min­utes when Alex Kenyon was sent off for his re­ac­tion to a late Kyle Storer chal­lenge.

The Shrimps were also left with­out boss Jim Bent­ley af­ter his an­gry re­sponse to the de­ci­sion saw him sent to the stands.

John­son said: “I told the lads at half­time that we had to throw the coach­ing book out of the win­dow and just show the re­lent­less­ness we would need to get back in the game. We just had to put them un­der pres­sure and to be fair we did that.

“It was nice to get the win. We haven’t had one for a while.

“Af­ter their lad was sent off I had to say a few things to the lads at half-time about how bad it would look on them if they didn’t get any­thing from the game.

“A few play­ers haven’t done them­selves jus­tice in the last few weeks, but once we got ahead we showed we have good foot­ballers and man­aged the game well.’’

It is fair to say rookie ref Michael Sal­is­bury will not be on Bent­ley’s Christ­mas card list af­ter a per­for­mance that in­fu­ri­ated the More­cambe boss.

Bent­ley said: “I let my­self down with my re­ac­tion af­ter Alex was sent off but I saw a lot of things go­ing on that I didn’t agree with. Their lad has stamped on Alex and then they sur­rounded the ref­eree to try and get him sent off which I thought was not al­lowed these days.

“I will have to look at the part Alex played in the send­ing off but he has stud marks on his legs af­ter he was caught a long time af­ter the ball had gone, and that was one of only sev­eral big de­ci­sions that went against us.

“Peter Mur­phy has had to go to hospi­tal af­ter be­ing el­bowed and that was missed as well, and some of the things I saw were not right.”

Mur­phy gave the home side the lead on six min­utes af­ter Rus­sell Grif­fiths could only parry Rhys Turner’s shot.

Af­ter the send­ing off More­cambe de­fended res­o­lutely but their re­sis­tance was bro­ken on 70 min­utes when Wa­ters struck from close range af­ter a goal­mouth scramble.

Sec­onds later goalscorer Wa­ters turned provider with a cross for Pell to score the win­ner from close range.

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