Robins can’t give Johnson any cheer

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

CHEL­TENHAM as­sis­tant man­ager Rus­sell Mil­ton claims his troops can’t af­ford to feel sorry for them­selves af­ter they lost their first game since Gary Johnson’s heart surgery.

Boss Johnson is re­cov­er­ing from the surgery he un­der­went this week, mean­ing Mil­ton is stand­ing in for the forsee­able fu­ture.

Cam­bridge’s Medy El­ito notched the only goal in the sec­ond minute against his old loan club but with eight games left to main­tain their seven-point ad­van­tage over the bot­tom two, Mil­ton is look­ing ahead.

“I said to the play­ers I am not go­ing to mope around, or be down about things,” he said.

“We have to look for­ward and it was an op­por­tu­nity missed be­cause of the other re­sults go­ing our way.

“We had a lot of ter­ri­tory and a lot of play, pro­duc­ing some good stuff, but it was in and around the box, it didn’t quite drop for us.

“We had a good op­por­tu­nity, but they went down the other end and we switched off to al­low them to score, which ended up be­ing the killer mo­ment.

“I said to the lads we have to move on and Bar­net away next week is an­other op­por­tu­nity.”

Mean­while, U’s boss Shaun Derry was ec­static with the way his side han­dled the con­di­tions and the loss of El­ito, who was forced off with in­jury in­side half-an-hour.

“We didn’t want the pitch to af­fect our per­for­mance and we had a game­plan that went out of the win­dow af­ter 20 min­utes when Medy came off,” Derry said.

“We hung in there and were dogged and de­ter­mined and re­ally or­gan­ised as a group of 11 bod­ies.

“I don’t think Will (Nor­ris) has had a save to make. They’ve had a bit of pos­ses­sion and a bit of ter­ri­tory, but we had two or three re­ally good chances.

“It was a tight game and it was a hor­ri­ble game but you come out and win 1-0 – you get your three points and that’s all that matters.”

The Robins threat­ened when Jack Barthram headed Carl Winch­ester’s cross to­wards Danny Wright, but Scott Whar­ton just about in­ter­vened.

El­ito then scored with a div­ing header from Luke Berry’s per­fect cross.

Cam­bridge were on top and only a fine stop from Scott Brown kept out Paul Lewis’ header.

Chel­tenham im­proved af­ter the break as Billy Wa­ters nod­ded Barthram’s cross wide.

Brown blocked well to deny Gerry McDon­agh, but Whar­ton was then force to clear off the line to deny Wright in the 74th minute.

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