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Mark Yates hails 'pocket dynamo' Koby Arthur

16 August 2014

Cheltenham Town boss Mark Yates branded on loan striker Koby Arthur a 'pocket dynamo' after the youngster grabbed all three points for the Robins as they saw off Accrington Stanley, 2-1.

The 18-year-old, on loan from Sky  Bet Championship side Birmingham, held off the last defender before crashing home the winner 14 minutes from time.

"Koby Arthur showed his pace and what a pocket dynamo he can be and it was great for him to get the winner," the Cheltenham manager said.

"He had three or four efforts at goal and he's something different to what we have got. He can play in three or four different positions and he will be a good player for us.

"At the moment, it's all about picking up points and trying to find a way of playing that suits everybody.

"I'd have been massively disappointed not to get all three points and we've put in two really hard-working, disciplined performances. We were better with the ball against Accrington and I thought Terry Gornell was outstanding."

Byron Harrison handed the Robins a 34th minute lead, tucking away the loose ball after Troy Brown had headed a corner against the upright.

But the visitors were back on level terms through a Kal Naismith effort in the 76th minute before the midfielder went from hero to villain by firing an injury penalty over the crossbar.

Yates added: "It was a decent game and I thought we deserved our win, but it was fortuitous that they missed a penalty in the 93rd minute.

"We played some decent football, created chances, hitting the bar and having a couple well saved. I trust my back players, but I was always on edge at 1-0."

Accrington boss James Beattie admitted his side had been second best early on and praised his keeper for keeping them in the game.

"We never really started in the first half and we were lucky to still be in the game at half-time," he said. "I thought Luke Simpson in goal made some great saves. We conceded a sloppy goal and were fortunate to go in 1-0 down.

"We made a little change to the formation and a double substitution and got back into to it with a great move. There was great awareness sin the penalty box by a number of players and Kal was unmarked in the penalty box.

"At that stage I thought we had the momentum. We rode our luck a little bit but when we scored I thought there was only one team in it."

And Beattie admitted he was surprised at Naismith's injury time miss.

"Football is a pressure situation and penalty taking is a pressure situation but Kal is usually excellent at them," the Stanley boss added. "I had every faith that he was going to score but he has lifted it over the bar."

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