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Robins battle to a win over Oxford United

A TEN-MAN Cheltenham Town courageously beat a ten-man Oxford United 2-0 in an action-packed game at Whaddon Road.
Goals from Rob Street and Will Goodwin fired the Robins to their third league win of the season. It was a hard-fought win with Street being sent off in first-half stoppage time for going up for a challenge with his arm into an opposing players face.

Cheltenham came under the cosh then for the first time in the first half before Oxford were also reduced to 10 men. Rodrigues was sent off for two yellow card offences.
The Robins then added their second and fought hard to shut the game out.
Manager Darrell Clarke had full praise for his efforts.
He said: “I just thought it was a really good performance. I am proud of everyone today, even more so when we were down to 10 men for a period of time. I thought we started very, very well and managed the game well.
Clarke continued: “We created opportunities and yes, they’ve had one or two, but you’d expect that with them flying in the league. We’d certainly have been everyone’s away banker today and we are glad to prove the form wrong. I am proud of my players.
“I just think they are showing the stuff we are working on. I am going to give credit to Ash Vincent and Adam Murray, my assistant. Ash is up in the stand and Adam is on the side with me and the decisions we are making in-game were fantastic. An all-round effort for that and a pat on the back for a good backroom team that we have got and a massive pat on the back for the players.”

Cheltenham have certainly picked and you can really see them performing for their new manager. Clarke has bedded his tactics and has his team playing much better football than they were at the start of the season.

Clarke continued: “They are a very good footballing team, who can open you up if people aren’t in their positions and the work out of possession. I thought we worked that very well. Yes, they have caused a few opportunities for us, but we’ve had our opportunities as well and it’s pleasing to get the two goals and a clean sheet.
“We are just trying to win 13 games before today, so another 12. It’s a tough old league, we have walking wounded in there, we must patch ourselves up and get ready to go Tuesday night. We must keep trying to win football matches. This one is done, and we’ll enjoy it tonight, but we can’t enjoy it too much because we are back again on the grass on Monday.”

After a tough game, Clarke commented on the red card and his team’s aggressive performance. They were first to most balls and definitely kept the referee on his toes.
Clarke said: “I am asking our players to be aggressive. We don’t want to go over the line, but sometimes we are asking to stress the opposition. Streety has struck a great goal and I am not going to kill the lad’s confidence. We’ll look at it, but I am not here to criticise my players. I am asking them to be aggressive, fair but aggressive. Sometimes we might step over the mark and we have to be mindful of that. I don’t want to be critical of him because he was having a fantastic game up until then.”

Street was indeed having a great game until his red card and the entire performance of the attackers shows the sheer difference in performance since the first five games.
There is still a lot of work to do but fans will be feeling a lot more positive with their side than they have since the start of the season.

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