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Cheltenham Town battle to draw

Cheltenham Town fended off an in-form Ipswich Town drawing 1-1 at Portman Road.
The Robins were pinned back for most of the game but they brought a point back to
Cheltenham after Ryan Broom’s first-half equaliser ruled out Ipswich’s opener.
The home side sit second in the table and had a total of 29 attempts on the Robins’ goal,
with Cheltenham sending just three shots the other way.
But it was honours even at full time, Cheltenham justifying their place in the league being a
tough side to break down, a clear sign that every player is playing for the shirt under Wade
Elliott.
After the match, head coach Elliott praised his side’s resilient display.
He said: “I thought the team were brilliant, excellent. We spoke in the week and before the
game about whether we wanted the Alvechurch result [2-1 defeat] to define our season.
We had the opportunity to go out, and football is where you can go out and express your
personality, and we had our chance to show what we think we’re about and I thought we
were top drawer, to a man.

“The togetherness, the fight, the spirit was brilliant. In the first half, it took us 10 minutes to
settle into the game, then we had some good moments. We scored a really good goal and
had one or two other opportunities. You come here, Ipswich are a really good side so you
know you are going to be under the cosh. You have to show a completely different side of
you and from one to 11, we defended brilliantly. It’s not luck. We worked in the week on
what to do when they get into positions in the final third, how we populate the box, the
positions we take up for crosses and people were throwing themselves in the way of shots
and blocks, putting their head on things and the goalie making saves.”
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Elliott continued: “It isn’t luck, it’s hard work, committed people and a good performance.”
After a few recent results have questioned Cheltenham’s capabilities, a good result away
from home was just what was needed, especially with players missing through injury.
Another injury to add to that list was Ben Williams, who was returning to the side after a
concussion, but he came off with a knee injury.
Elliott added: “He came off last week with concussion, but he took a knock to his knee
before that and he just opened it up again. That’s why we have a squad. Ben has come off,
Reece Hutchinson has come on, we recalled him from loan at Ilkeston last week. We have a
squad that has put in an unbelievable performance and we still have Will Ferry, Caleb
Taylor, Ryan Jackson, Taylor Perry and Alfie May to add into that.”
After crashing out of the FA Cup against Alvechurch, it was important for Cheltenham to
bounce back and a good result away from home will really help the squad after a tough
week.
Elliott said: “There is a gap between us and Alvechurch, but if we under-perform and they
over-perform, the gap gets less and things go against you, you give the chance for that gap
to disappear. We had a chance to come here and in some ways it’s the best game we could
have had because we came here, with no expectation of us from outside our dressing room,
but we haven’t let last week define us and we’ve been able to show that on our day, when
we are at it, as I said before the game on Friday, we are capable of going toe to toe with
anyone.
“I didn’t think we were the worst team in the world last week because one bad performance
didn’t make us a terrible team. This performance hasn’t made us the best team in the
league. I don’t know if we need belief. The last three league games, we’ve won one and
drawn two. We are a young team, not just in terms of age, but it’s a new group that’s been
put together. There’ll be peaks and troughs, ups and downs, but what they believe in is that
when we are at it and we hit our capabilities individually and collectively, we are a half-
decent team. They’ve always believed in that, but it’s our job to keep coaxing out, as a
staff and the players themselves, consistent performances week in, week out.”

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