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Cheltenham Town 2-1 Swindon Town: Five things we learned

Danny managed to put his wrongs Wright

Before 5pm on Saturday afternoon it had been a tough week for Cheltenham striker Danny Wright.

The 33-year-old was sent off in Tuesday’s Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Forest Green after an altercation with Rovers midfielder Reece Brown.

With the suspension not applicable for League Two, Wright was subbed on midway through the second half  after first goal-scorer Brian Graham was booked.

In the 65th minute, Wright was the given the perfect opportunity to make an instant impact after Joe Morrell was fouled just inside the penalty box with the score tied at 1-1.

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But his spot kick was parried wide by Reice Charles-Cook as a stuttered run up did not fool the Swindon stopper.

With the game heading for a draw, Wright popped up inside the six yard box to slam home the winner after a Morrell free-kick was flicked on by Harry Pell and his Tuesday antics will surely be forgotten after handing Cheltenham a derby day victory.

The Robins are flying after another home win

Whaddon Road is slowly becoming a fortress for Gary Johnson’s side after picking up 12 points from a possible 18 at home.

They have now won three in a row at home for the first time since April and are unbeaten in five league matches, a run that leaves them second in the form table.

Now in 12th position, the Robins are just four points off the play-offs in an incredible turn of fortunes since the start of the campaign.

Team Morrell will be at an all time high

Cheltenham have turned their early season form around and extended their unbeaten run to five after Saturday’s last gasp victory.

One player who has been to key to the recent success is Joe Morrell. The Bristol City loanee has showed his class since joining the Robins and played a full 90 minutes despite only returning from international duty the day before Swindon’s visit.

The 20-year-old’s playmaking presence in midfield has certainly made a difference alongside Harry Pell, with Kyle Storer often sitting behind the energetic pair.

The Welsh U21 international’s loan deal expires in January but it’s clear that Gary Johnson should make every effort to extend it.

Jerell Sellars has also shone since arriving from Aston Villa and was awarded man of the match against both Forest Green and Swindon last week.

An experienced head has considerably improved the young defence

An unsung hero since joining on deadline day has been goalkeeper Scott Flinders.

The 31-year-old is the first permanent player between the sticks since Trevor Carson in 2014 and has been a calming influence as well as proving himself as an accomplished shot stopper.

Flinders made two brave saves from close range to deny David Flitcroft’s Swindon side in a close fought contest, the well travelled former York City and Macclesfield man has been a safe pair of hands and has no doubt given the defence in front of him more confidence.

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Jamie Grimes and Jordan Cranston have made noticeable improvements in their play while Taylor Moore and Carl Winchester have consistently kept in fine form so far during this campaign.

The fans flocked to Whaddon Road as the feel good factor continues

A crowd of more than 5,000 packed into the stadium as Swindon Town made the short 33 mile journey to Cheltenham.

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Most sold out League Two stadiums yesterday:

93.73% – Lincoln
72.93% – Newport
71.47% – Cheltenham
66.01% – Cambridge
65.58% – NottsCo pic.twitter.com/0PzhXE0qHz

— TheNinetyTwo(@TheNinetyTwo_) October 8, 2017

Granted at least 1,400 of them were visiting supporters but a strong home crowd, the largest at the LCI Rail Stadium in the league this season, helped cheer the hosts onto an important victory.

Momentum on the field often leads to a similar pattern off of it, as crowd sizes increase for clubs in good form.

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Last minute goal to beat your local rivals. Thanks to all the fans for making it such a great atmosphere #3in3 #winningfeeling

— Jamie Grimes (@jamiegrimes90) October 7, 2017

A larger than normal away following is likely to be present at Port Vale away next week and the supporters can continue to play a huge part in helping the team climb the table.

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