Cheltenham Town 2-1 Grimsby Town: Reaction

Cheltenham Town are now unbeaten in six home games, as a stoppage time penalty from Conor Thomas ensured a 2-1 win over Grimsby Town.

Elliot Embleton had equalised for the visitors on the hour mark, after Ryan Broom’s deflected effort from distance had opened the scoring in the first half.

But the scoring was not finished, as Thomas buried his spot-kick after Sam Jones was brought down in the area. Thomas followed up his conversion last week against Newport County to maintain a 100% record this season.

Michael Duff thought his side were worthy of the points after a slow start: “After 15 minutes I thought we were excellent. We’ve shown more resilience (in recent weeks). That’s ten points from five games now. We’re not going to become a great team overnight, but we’re getting closer to the pack.”

After a cagey start to proceedings, the Robins manufactured the first meaningful opportunity with Luke Varney firing straight into the hands of James McKeown. Broom then curled in a wonderful ball from the right which couldn’t be met in the middle.

Grimsby responded well to the Cheltenham pressure, and could have taken the lead through Charles Vernam. The former Derby County striker forced Scott Flinders into successive saves as the scores remained level.

This enabled Duff’s men to capitalise, and Broom’s effort from the right took a heavy deflection before trundling into McKeown’s bottom corner.

The Robins went close a couple of times before the break with some well-worked set-piece routines, but were happy to take an advantage into the break.

Michael Jolley’s men capitalised on the hour mark, however, after Nigel Atangana and Jacob Maddox both had to come off with injuries.

The wind was knocked out of their sails, and Elliot Embleton was about to take advantage, sweeping home at the back-post after a Wes Thomas effort was parried into his path.

Chelthenham were able to absorb some pressure from the visitors, before winning themselves a penalty in added time, which Thomas stepped up to smash home and give his side all three points.

Duff admitted he wasn’t able to watch the penalty: “I didn’t know what to do. Didn’t know where to look. But, it was a brilliant penalty. The last eight penalties in that goal have been unstoppable.”

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