A Sonny Day In Cheltenham
The Son shone on a bitterly cold day at Cheltenham as Argyle defender Sonny Bradley scored two goals in a 2-1 win.
It was a tough game for the Greens played on a very poor pitch that only passed a pitch inspection at 1.15pm. After the heroics against Liverpool in the FA Cup there could be a case of tired legs but that wasn't the case as the Argyle players out-battled a very physical and big Cheltenham team.
Promotion is won on games like this, take a bow Sonny Bradley.
It was the same starting eleven that played against Liverpool on Wednesday.
The poor pitch didn't allow for any football to be played so we went agricultural and we went long.
We were the better team in the first half, although there were a few scares but Cheltenham couldn't get past the strong Argyle defence.
We took the lead when a Jake Jervis corner was bundled over the line by Bradley a after the linesman indicated the ball had crossed the line.
We got away with a penalty decision on the stroke of half time when it looked to be a handball.
Argyle manager Derek Adams replaced Jordan Slew and Jervis for the second half and brought on Nathan Blissett and Jakub Sokolik and went to a 3-5-2 formation with the Czech defender slotting in between Yann Songo'o and Bradley with Oscar Threlkeld and Ben Purrington playing as wing-backs
The move invited Cheltenham pressure as several crosses and long throws were aimed at the Argyle penalty area.
The game could have hinged on a Paul-Arnold Garita miss, the big striker was one on one with the keeper but hesitated and the chance was gone. Soon after he was replaced by Craig Tanner.
Cheltenham scored after a goal mouth scramble following a corner and it looked like we had to settle for a point, however this team is made of strong stuff and in the 91st minute Bradley rose to meet a superb free-kick from David Fox free kick and headed in the winner. Incredible scenes and a fantastic 2-1 win!
This wasn't a game for Graham Carey but he played his part on a poor pitch.
Blissett made a difference, tall and strong and held the ball up well.
Donaldson and Fox played well, Sokolik is not the biggest but made some crucial clearances.
Garita's confidence must be shot to pieces after that big miss.
It was Songo'o and Bradley who held us together when Cheltenham put pressure on the defence.
When we win promotion I think we'll look back on this game as the one of the games that helped us get over the line.
All the ingredients were there for a Cheltenham win, they were rejuvenated with a lot of new signings and a great 3-0 home league win in their last league game.
For us, we were coming down from cloud 9 of the Liverpool game back to the bread and butter of League Two football, we had injuries, the pitch was awful and we had tired legs.
It was the determination, strength of character and will to win of the players that won the game.
Last season's team would have drawn or lost today.
Credit to Donaldson who did a job for the team despite not being fully match fit.
Not a good game of football but a very good battle, we can mix it up with any agricultural team when needed.
Man of the Match Bradley.
McCormick 7, Threlkeld 7, Songo'o 7, Bradley 9, Purrington 7, Fox 7, Donaldson 7, Carey 6, Jervis 6, Slew 6, Garita 5, Sokolik 6, Blissett 7, Tanner 6.