Robins hop away from the drop zone

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Tom Sey­mour

PA­TIENT Chel­tenham Town moved out of the League Two rel­e­ga­tion zone with a com­fort­able home vic­tory over ten­man Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley.

Sec­ond-half goals from cap­tain for the day Danny Wright, Diego De Giro­lamo and Billy Wa­ters sealed all three points for the hosts and their first win at the Whad­don Road in the league since Oc­to­ber 15.

Fol­low­ing a first half that of­fered few chances the Robins made the break­through af­ter 56 min­utes as cen­tre­back Daniel O’Shaugh­nessy sent a cross from deep and Wright looped his header over the hap­less Marek Ro­dak.

This sparked what had been a fairly cau­tious game into life and two min­utes later Mark Hughes should have equalised, but could only head against the bar from four yards.

Things went from bad to worse for Ac­cring­ton on 62 min­utes as Scott Brown was shown a con­tro­ver­sial straight red card for a foul on Wa­ters, a de­ci­sion which sparked ou­trage from vis­it­ing boss John Cole­man.

Stan­ley then fell apart, with De Giro­lamo smash­ing in from six yards from an in­di­rect free-kick given for a back pass, be­fore Wa­ters turned in a James Rowe cross to se­cure a much-needed vic­tory for Gary John­son’s men.

John­son said: “We de­served it. We were jab­bing in the first half, like the box­ers do, and I said we just had to wait for that knock­out punch to come.

“Maybe the red card might have been a lit­tle bit harsh, but to be fair Billy [Wa­ters] took the tackle and got straight up so we didn’t get the lad sent off.

“The big pos­i­tive is we’re above that hor­ri­ble rel­e­ga­tion line in the league and hope­fully we’ve dragged a few clubs a lit­tle bit nearer to us. I’m re­ally pleased.”

Op­po­site num­ber Cole­man said: “I think they only had three chances, but we didn’t play well.

“The game changed on the send­ing off. Ev­ery­body in the ground was shocked. “To com­pound that they get their sec­ond goal from a du­bi­ous de­ci­sion and it’s an up­hill bat­tle af­ter that.

“There were some strange de­ci­sions. When the ref­eree looks back at it again he’s made a cou­ple of de­ci­sions that he’ll prob­a­bly re­gret.

“It was a dis­ap­point­ing day all round. That’s prob­a­bly the worst per­for­mance we’ve turned in over the last 12 weeks.

“We can play a lot better than that and we won’t have more bad luck than that, I wouldn’t imag­ine.”

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