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Cheltenham character delights Yates

24 October 2012

Cheltenham boss Mark Yates praised his side's character as they bounced back from a goal down to beat Plymouth 2-1.

Argyle led through Conor Hourihane's low drive after half an hour, but Steve Elliott nodded Cheltenham level seven minutes later from a Billy Jones free-kick and another set piece delivery from the former Crewe man, this time a corner, set up the winner for substitute Kaid Mohamed in the 78th minute.

"Some of our play was really good, but it took a set piece to win it and Billy Jones' deliveries have been fantastic all season," Yates said. "The boys put in a real shift against a much-improved side and we just lacked that killer touch. We showed a bit of character and bit of everything, which is what you have to do."

Plymouth were the better side in the second half and they had two shouts for penalties turned down after challenges by Elliott on Guy Madjo and Darren Purse.

Yates said: "Stevie tells me they weren't penalties and that he was barged into twice. The second half was disrupted by an injury to Darren Carter and we changed the formation and that opened us up in the middle of the park. But I am delighted with the players and we should have been out of sight in the first half.

"Chris Zebroski has been outstanding and caused them all sorts of problems. He has missed three or four good chances, but he puts in a proper shift so I won't criticise him for that."

Plymouth boss Carl Fletcher felt strongly that Elliott should have been penalised for his challenge on Madjo, but he was proud of his players' efforts at Whaddon Road.

"I am really disappointed because I thought we did great tonight," Fletcher said. "We totally dominated the second half and didn't look in any trouble at all. We stuck to our job well, kept the ball down and created numerous chances.

"We could have had two penalties, especially the first one which was a stonewall on Guy Madjo - that's a penalty and a sending off, but that's the way it goes sometimes.

"I was a bit disappointed with the goals, but the lads can still be pleased with the way they played and some of the football we played was a job to watch. Their winner came against the run of play because we felt comfortable and we had far more possession. We will play worse and win games this season, that's for sure."


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