New boy is Robins’ man of the hour

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

GARY John­son hailed the im­pact of striker Mo­hamed Eisa af­ter watch­ing him score his fourth goal in three games to seal a first League Two win of the sea­son for Chel­tenham Town.

Eisa headed in Kyle Storer’s cross in the 38th minute to sink Craw­ley Town, who are still wait­ing for their first points un­der new boss Harry Kewell.

Former Greenwich Bor­ough front­man Eisa scored on his de­but at More­cambe last Satur­day and followed it up with a brace, in­clud­ing a spec­tac­u­lar win­ner in the mid­week Carabao Cup win over Ox­ford United.

He con­tin­ued his dream start with the win­ner on his home de­but.

“It was a great win­ning goal and Mo seems to be there when it mat­ters at the mo­ment,” John­son said.

“He cre­ates chances for him­self and oth­ers, and peo­ple have to work hard to block shots from him.

“Ar­riv­ing in the penalty like that and di­rect­ing his header where he did was not easy be­cause it was trav­el­ling.

“He’s look­ing a very good prospect at the mo­ment.”

John­son was also happy with the im­pact of Nigel Atan­gana, who went on from the bench in place of the in­jured Jerell Sel­lars af­ter 28 min­utes.

“That’s the first time he’s shown our sup­port­ers what I know he can do,” John­son said.

“He is a good ad­di­tion to us as well and I only rested him be­cause he felt a bit tired af­ter the Ox­ford game.”

Craw­ley chief Kewell said his side’s for­tunes will soon change if they con­tinue to cre­ate as many op­por­tu­ni­ties as they did at Whad­don Road.

“We played well and cre­ated 13 or 14 chances, so we need to be more ruth­less, which will come,” he said. “It’s a dif­fer­ent team, with a dif­fer­ent way of play­ing and train­ing, so it’ll take time for play­ers to adapt, and silly mis­takes have cost us so far.

“In foot­ball, you have to take your chances and we were pos­i­tive, so I am sure we will get there.”

Eisa’s win­ner came in the 38th minute when he di­rected a pow­er­ful cross from Storer into the net from just six yards out.

Jon Flatt had been called into ac­tion sev­eral times to keep Craw­ley out.

The on-loan Wolves keeper de­nied Mark Ran­dall, Lewis Young and Jor­dan Roberts.

Jor­don Forster cleared off the line af­ter a cor­ner was met by the head of Mark Con­nolly, who saw an­other header bounce just wide as the Red Devils failed tofind a lev­eller.

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