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Cheltenham Town video: Third draw in a row for Robins

By JPEchoRobins  |  Posted: January 25, 2013

  • The Abbey Business Stadium

  • The pitch covered in snow earlier this week

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Cheltenham Town 0 Rochdale 0

Cheltenham Town are still waiting for their first win of 2013 after they were held by Rochdale in awful weather conditions at the Abbey Business Stadium this evening.

It was a third draw in a row for Mark Yates' side, but more concerning is that they have managed just one goal in those three games since the 4-0 Boxing Day victory over Wycombe Wanderers.

Swindon Town striker Paul Benson was in the main stand to watch the club chasing his loan signature in action.

The best chance of the night for the home side fell to central defender Keith Lowe, but he was denied by a fine Josh Lillis save in the 67th minute.

Cheltenham goalkeeper Scott Brown was only forced into one save of note, denying Bobby Grant in the 17th minute and clear goalscoring chances were at a premium in strong winds and heavy rain.

Yates kept faith with the same XI that drew 0-0 at Morecambe a week earlier, but new loan signing from Manchester United Luke McCullough was on the bench.

Darren Carter, who has signed a deal to the end of the season, missed out with an ankle injury.

CHELTENHAM TOWN: S Brown; S Jombati, K Lowe, S Elliott, B Jones; J McGlashan (J Taylor 78), R Penn, M Pack, S Deering (D Duffy 66); K Mohamed, S Harrad (J Goulding 85). Subs not used: C Roberts, A Bennett, L McCullough, J Hanks.

ROCHDALE: J Lillis; J Rafferty, R Bennett, P Edwards, K McIntyre; A Tutte, J Kennedy, A Grimes (A Haworth 89), P Cavanagh, B Grant; T Gornell (D Adebola 56). Subs not used: B Barry-Murphy, G Donnelly, M Pearson, N Byrne, B Smith.

REFEREE: R Lewis.

ATTENDANCE: 2,348 (124 away).

STAR MAN: Steve Elliott.

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  • LP1212  |  January 27 2013, 9:17AM

    Did the people you talked to, Bob, also tell you what a bitterly cold night it was? Not surprising that the gate was well down - though it was not that much lower than on a reasonably warm Friday September evening against Morecambe. Nor did we slip down the table following this match; we are still 5th, and on the same number of points as the 3rd team. That said, the team is not playing attractive football at the moment (am I allowed to make that criticism?), and it is attractive football that will get the supporters to continue to attend or to return. And as I said in my earlier post, we need something to change if we are to maintain our challenge for promotion. The supporters who are passionate about the team will continue to go. And I think they also have every right to voice their thoughts about the team and its performance. No, we don't have the responsibility of the manager and all the pressures that go with it. But we pay good money to watch the Robins; would you prefer it if nobody ever made any comments? How dull would that be! And even your comments contain implied criticisms.

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  • bobhoughton  |  January 27 2013, 8:45AM

    Just over 2,000 home supporters - it would appear, from the comments posted and my conversations with two people who went, that there will be little or no incentive for anyone who went to go again and absolutely no incentive for anyone who didn't to go next time. Running dry of goals and excitement, gradually slipping down the leqgue, criticism of the manager from the tactical geniuses who don't have the reponsibility of actually picking the team, gates of fewer than 2,000 clearly on the horizon. The signs are not good ....

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  • DTeee  |  January 26 2013, 1:42PM

    Yet another poor performance, yet again the team and perhaps more imporantly the management have lost the plot now the real winter is here. It is hard enough getting people through the gate as it is with Cheltenham, with this kind of football even the regular supporters patients and enthusiasm is running out. Finally why play two wingers and lump the ball in the air down the middle.

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  • LP1212  |  January 26 2013, 10:40AM

    What a bitter evening - and a bitterly disappointing performance from the Robins. In the event, it was one point salvaged rather than 2 lost as we could so easily have been beaten. Rochdale had by far the better chances, especially in the first half, and although many of them were from the edge of the box they could easily have been 2 up by half time. Once again our problem - even allowing for the conditions - was with the midfield and its inability to create chances. Did they make even one shot on goal for Harrad? Rochdale gave us a lesson in how to play the ball around and through midfield, and down the wings. Much of their passing was short (up to 10 yards), quick and to feet, and they used "triangle" and "wall" passes to good effect to make progress downfield. By contrast our passing tended to be of the 20+ yard variety, usually to head or chest. No wonder we don't get ourselves into good positions to create chances - all too often we lost the ball after 2 or 3 passes. And poor Jermaine McG seems to have lost his way. They seem to be turning him into yet another midfielder rather than exploit his talents in his best position - wide on the wing. There is lots of talk (including from him) of his being "doubled up" on, but there was precious little evidence of that last night - partly because he was rarely out wide. And if teams do double up on him, he needs help to overcome it, not to be pushed into the middle of the pitch where he has little effect. He twice earned free kicks against Everton out on the wing when confronted by a combination of Baines and Fellaini; he should be able to do that sort of thing against League 2 defences. The team desperately needs a boost and an injection of something new if it is to finish inside the top 7 by the end of the season. The return of Carter in midfield won't be sufficient; the acquisiton of someone like Benson up front should certainly help provided we don't just lump balls up to him; the use of a shorter passing game (and we have shown we can play in that style this season) and the proper use of a winger would make a huge difference. Otherwise it is hard to see where our next goal will be created from other than a Billy Jones set piece - and even goals from there have dried up recently.

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  • ALChelt  |  January 26 2013, 9:56AM

    Poor Conditions,Another Poor Peformance and Kaid Mohamid???? WHY WHY WHY?

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