5 things we learned: Swindon vs Cheltenham

  1. Mohamed Eisa is destined to play higher

Cheltenham romped home to a comprehensive three nil away win against local rivals Swindon Town. Mo Eisa was at the forefront of The Robins assault on the Swindon goal. An impressive brace meant he netted his nineteenth and twentieth goals of the season. His movement and channel running was a nuisance to the back line all day and he was rewarded with two clinical finishes in the second half.

  1. Swindon’s confidence looked fragile

Starting on the front foot, the first ten minutes showed the pedigree Matt Taylor’s interim side had. Will Boyle made a crucial interception to deny the hosts an opener. That was as good as it got for Swindon who reverted into their shells. Cheltenham grew into the game and looked like the play off chasing side. The jitters started to appear with sliced clearances and rash long balls, leaving Marc Richards isolated. Anyone would look at the game and think the league positions were reversed.

  1. Joe Morrell is influential

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Picking up pockets of space and continuing to flourish under Gary Johnson, Morrell was an architect of creating the chances as he found freedom between the lines of Swindon. He would have been aggrieved to not have won a penalty in the first half as Winchester looked to set him free. He won the free kick which Jake Andrews bent into the top corner which set the tone for the day. He continued his impressive form by reinforcing his goal scoring prowess with an all-round creative display.

  1. Cheltenham are finding their feet

Stringing together some impressive results to propel themselves well clear of the drop, five points from Notts County, Luton and Swindon is an impressive return. With the 4-5-1 system being deployed in tandem with a free-flowing team, a balance is being found that will please most fans and give them hope for next season.

  1. Matt Taylor is proving the interim player manager role is hard

It surprised many fans that Dave Flitcroft had departed the club, and combining playing left midfield with a tactical role is always going to be hard. Taylor’s bullish and bold attitude in his post match press conference highlighted his grit and desire to succeed. Swindon lacked a plan B which Cheltenham quickly sunk their teeth into, exploiting the fragile state of mind. Four defeats in six means Swindon slip to ninth and the play offs are slowly slipping away.

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