You can’t keep Dan down for too long!

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

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.”

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