Mariners test will be crucial says Russ
ASSISTANT manager Russell Milton says Cheltenham’s home match against Grimsby tomorrow is now a huge day for the club, after Friday’s goalless draw at Crawley Town.
The Robins missed a chance to take a massive step towards safety as they were held at the Broadfield Stadium.
Standing in for Gary Johnson while he recovers after heart surgery, Milton watched his team create chance after chance, but they could not find a way through and are now only two points clear of the drop zone.
“Our two home games become crucial now against Grimsby and then Hartlepool and we’ll have to dig the results out we need,” he said.
“Crawley was two points lost and we didn’t take advantage.
“We had 17 opportunities, hit the post several times and when we did get in there with good quality, we didn’t get the bounce.
“It is a strange one as we needed the three points, but we got into the final third so many times and know we need to put those chances away.
“Scott Brown hasn’t had a save to make all game.
“On another day Dan Holman gets three and he has apologised.”
Crawley boss Dermot Drummy admitted his side were fortunate to come away with a point and that they must show a vast improvement at Accrington tomorrow.
“The positive to take from the game is that we stopped Cheltenham getting two more points because they were unfortunate here,” Drummy said.
“We looked lethargic, nervous and I think the anxiety got into the players, but you have to have the courage to perform and find different ways of winning.”
Drummy admitted Crawley missed leading scorer James Collins, who was ruled out through injury before Matt Harrold had to be withdrawn after picking up an injury during the warm-up.
“Anyone who scores 20 goals is going to be missed and James is a top player,” he said. “I don’t think anyone had a great game, but you’ll always miss your goalscorer.”
Holman fired wide in the 59th minute after being set up by Harry Pell.
Billy Waters fed Holman a minute later and after a sharp turn he was denied by the legs of Glenn Morris as Cheltenham continued to look the more likely scorers.
A low effort from Holman crashed against the inside of the same upright and bounced to safety before Pell hit a free-kick into Crawley’s defensive wall late on.
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