You can’t keep Dan down for too long!
GARY Johnson praised Danny Wright for ending what appeared a nightmare week in style with Cheltenham’s late winner against Swindon.
The striker was sent off for standing on an opponent in the midweek Checkatrade Trophy defeat by Forest Green, also earning himself a club fine.
He then saw a secondhalf penalty saved here, but he popped up in the 94th minute as Cheltenham made it 13 points from the last 15.
“You can’t get a better finish than that, can you?” Johnson said. “It was the last kick of the game and that’s the best time to score a winner.
“Danny has had a nightmare, but it only takes a second to change your week and that goal will definitely have changed his.
“It was lovely to see three sides of the stadium rise together to celebrate and it will just bring everyone at the club closer together.”
The win lifted Cheltenham to 12th in the table, one place below Swindon, who suffered only their second away defeat of the campaign.
Brian Graham put the home side ahead in the 20th minute and Cheltenham were on top for most of the first halt, but Matt Preston headed in Swindon’s leveller eight minutes into the second half.
Graham’s opener was an emphatic finish after a cross on the right from Harry Pell at the end of a fine move.
Swindon came to life after a double half-time substitution, with Jonny Goddard and Donal McDermott replacing Kellan Gordon and Kaiyne Woolery.
Matt Taylor’s freekick was headed over Scott Flinders and into the net by Preston for his first Swindon goal.
Joe Morrell was then tripped in the box by James Dunne in the 64th minute, but debutant goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook saved well, diving to his left.
Then at the death Morrell’s free-kick was nodded down by Pell and found its way to Wright via Kyle Storer and Carl Winchester, with the striker smashing it into the roof of the net for his fourth goal of the campaign.
Swindon boss David Flitcoft felt his side deserved a point for their improvement, but was left to rue their late lapse.
“In the first half we seemed a little bit flat in our forward presence,” he said. “We didn’t have that aggression in the last third that we’ve been showing.
“In the second half we had energy and drive, taking the game to them, but we made mistakes which meant we weren’t going to win the match.”