Pell loses arm­band and finds his form

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

HARRY Pell gave up the Chel­tenham cap­taincy and got back to top form with a dou­ble as they took a step to­wards sur­vival with vic­tory over ten-man More­cambe.

The mid­fielder had been strug­gling dur­ing a run of four straight de­feats, but he was re­placed as cap­tain by the re­turn­ing Kyle Storer and moved out to the right wing, de­liv­er­ing an out­stand­ing per­for­mance.

And act­ing Chel­tenham boss Rus­sell Mil­ton ad­mit­ted it was a re­lief to see the switch pay off.

“We have dis­cussed the cap­taincy and Pelly was com­fort­able with Kyle hav­ing it,” he said.

“Maybe it’s co­in­ci­dence, but we wanted to free him up and we played him wider so he could get up and down the pitch and use his height.

“There won’t be many full-backs who’ll fancy go­ing up against him at the far post and it was a good per­for­mance from him.”

With re­cov­er­ing boss Gary John­son watch­ing from the stands for the first time since un­der­go­ing heart surgery, Pell headed Chel­tenham in front in the 33rd minute af­ter a cross from Jor­dan Cranston.

By that point, Dan Hol­man had an ef­fort cleared off the line by Aaron McGowan in the ninth minute and Danny Wright went close with a header.

More­cambe missed their chance to take the lead in the 14th minute when Michael Rose’s penalty was well-saved by Scott Brown af­ter Cranston had tripped Paul Mullin in the box.

Kevin El­li­son shot just wide of the far post in the 27th minute, but Chel­tenham de­served to be ahead at half-time with Pell do­ing the hon­ours.

Wright put Chel­tenham 2-0 up in the 48th minute from the spot af­ter Alex Kenyon han­dled Will Boyle’s header on the line and the More­cambe man was shown a straight red.

Chel­tenham took to­tal con­trol, with Pell fir­ing in the third from a 20-yard free­kick in the 57th minute.

More­cambe scored a con­so­la­tion goal in the 79th minute, as Em­manuel Onar­i­ase put into his own net.

Shrimps boss Jim Bent­ley said: “We made poor de­ci­sions and we have been bul­lied again and I’d go as far as say­ing this pitch is worse than New­port’s.

“I don’t think our play­ers got the pro­tec­tion they needed from the ref­eree.

“We missed the penalty which changes things be­cause we could have been 1-0 up away from home. We had a cou­ple of chances, but they are a phys­i­cal out­fit who played the pitch bet­ter than we did.”

STAR MAN HARRY PELL Chel­tenham

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