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Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates hails goal-scorer Ashley Vincent

22 February 2014

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates hailed match-winner Ashley Vincent after he netted the only goal to beat Newport County 1-0.

Vincent has endured a difficult time since joining Cheltenham for a second spell at the club in the summer b ut his 23rd-minute strike was enough to secure the Robins their first win since Boxing Day.

Cheltenham manager Yates said: "I thought Ashley provided that sparked we've been looking for. He knocked in three or four great crosses that we haven't been putting in this season and then got the goal.

"He hasn't had the best first half to the season but if we can get him playing like that we know we have got a good player on our hands.

"He's shown a lot of character this week."

The win moves Cheltenham nine points clear of the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone.

Yates added: "I thought we were really good. We've been scratching around for a result and I thought we limited them to very few chances and were excellent on the break.

"They had 33 crosses in the game but we won everything because we really wanted it. That's what we really needed.

"We've been far from brilliant this season but performances like that give you a lot of heart.

"We can't do anything in terms of the play-offs but we could probably finish eighth, so we have to keep pushing."

Newport dominated early on but missed several good chances before Vincent gave Cheltenham the lead when he bundled home Jermaine McGlashan's cross from close range.

County were much the better side in the second half but struggled to find a way past a stubborn Cheltenham defence.

Newport assistant manager Jimmy Dack said: "We are very disappointed, we were really below par. We thought we had an opportunity to kick on in the league but we haven't taken it.

"The players and manager are very disappointed and I know the supporters will be as well.

"What went wrong? We were trying, I can't fault the boys for that but it just didn't happen. Conceding poor goals doesn't help your cause.

"We were knocking on the door but we just couldn't open it up. We know with our pitch that it can be hard to move the ball quickly and open up the defence.

"In the second half playing on the better side of the pitch we thought we would improve. But our ball from back to front was not good enough.

"We played into their hands, they stuck everyone behind the ball and we could not find a way to get past that.

"Everyone was desperate for the three points but it has passed us by."

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