Mariners test will be cru­cial says Russ

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

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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