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5 Things We Learned From Cheltenham’s Win Over Crawley

The Team Are In Form

Whilst Gary Johnson’s men lie 19th in League Two, they are now five games unbeaten in all competitions and looking much stronger than they did a month ago. The leaky defence has stopped uncontrollably shipping goals and the strikers, most noticeably Billy Waters, are starting to regularly hit the back of the net. Next weekend’s trip to play-off contenders Grimsby Town will give us a real indication as to how long they’ll be able to keep this run up for.

The Spirit Is Back

Whether the team spirit from last year actually left is a question only the players can answer, but it’s certainly been more noticeable from the outside in recent weeks. Last Saturday’s late equaliser against Accrington, as well as the dramatic comeback in the win against Everton in the Checkatrade Trophy, showed the team’s ‘never say die’ attitude from the National League winning season is back. That could be something to do with the fact that all the players in the win against Crawley, bar Russell Griffiths, were regular starters from last season’s title winning campaign – or it could be related to this next point.

Jack Munns Has Made A Huge Difference

The fact that the run of form has coincided with the return from injury by Jack Munns is no coincidence. The creative midfielder is running the show in the middle of the park at the moment, and his goal on Saturday was the least he’s deserved from his fantastic performances recently. His creativity, vision and enthusiasm has lifted the whole team since his return, prompting housemate Billy Waters to heap praise on him after his latest starring role.

Play Offs Are Not Out Of The Question

The old saying ‘the table doesn’t lie’ very rarely rings untrue, but in this case it couldn’t be further from reality. Cheltenham have recorded draws against high-flying Luton and Accrington recently, as well as this latest victory over Crawley, yet they still lie in the lower reaches of the table. The Robins are, however, only six points off of 7th place, and in this kind of form I certainly wouldn’t rule out a play off push.

Gary Johnson Knows What He’s Doing

It’s always easy to question the manager when things aren’t quite going your way – and that’s exactly what some fans did following the poor performance at Yeovil. But since then, it seems Gary and his team just drew and blank and started again, and so far it’s worked. “Round holes” are now in “round pegs”, as Gary said himself, and with Dan Holman back in the near future Cheltenham are sure to start climbing the table in no time.

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