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Cheltenham Match Report
28 March 2015 21:10 Post ID: #71175
Two goals from top scorer Reuben Reid and a late goal from new loan signing Zak Ansah gave Argyle an easy win against a poor Cheltenham team.

The win at Whaddon Road moved the Greens into seventh place in League Two and a two point play-off cushion.

Anthony O’Connor moved to right wing-back to compensate for the injured Kelvin Mellor and Jason Banton and Dom Blizzard came into the midfield.

The first half was very lacklustre from both teams, each side struggled to settle into the game and Argyle’s long ball to Reuben Reid just wasn’t working.

With the game feeling like a damp squid centre-back Carl McHugh advanced forward into the Cheltenham half, beating three players along the way, he slipped the ball through to Reuben Reid and he side-footed home to give Argyle the lead.

Cheltenham briefly threatened before the break but keeper Luke McCormick was equal to any danger.

The second half was a different story, Argyle dominated the second 45 minutes and looked a very confident team.
Bobby Reid, Blizzard, Lewis Alessandra and especially Tarieq Holmes-Dennis were the star players for the Greens.

Reuben Reid gave Argyle a deserved 2-0 lead when his deflected shot looped over Carson in the Cheltenham goal.

Now backed by a noisy Green Army, with owner James Brent sat amongst them, Argyle looked for a fourth goal. Cheltenham were now very frustrated and some of the challenges might have warranted a red card from a different referee.

The third goal finally came when substitute Ansah glanced in a great cross from O’Connor. The header finished of a fantastic passing move that flowed throughout the team.

All the players came to celebrate with the fans at the final whistle and it was great to see John Harbin back on coaching duty.
It was notable that after each goal every player rushed to celebrate with the goal scorer, apart from McCormick.
Perhaps the Newport game last week with comments made by fans and manager John Sheridan was a watershed for our season because the team looked very focussed, confident and together today.

McCormick 7, Nelson 7, McHugh 8, Hartley 7, O'Connor 6, B Reid 8, Blizzard 7, Banton 8, THD 8, R Reid 7, Alessandra 7, Ansah 7, Brunt 6, Lee 6.
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