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Port Vale 3-1 Cheltenham Town: 5 Things We Learned

Dawson Must be a Definite on Future Team Sheets

The Irishman was left out of the starting eleven ahead of the game, leaving many Town fans scratching their heads as to what the thinking behind manager Gary Johnson’s decision.

An ever-present in the Robins midfield this season, Dawson was brought on the in 89th minute at Vale Park, and despite racking up just six minutes of action, netted a late consolation goal on his return.

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Dawson who has three goals in nine outings this campaign, will have done himself justice with that late cameo, as he looks to re-cement his place in the squad for Tuesday night’s home clash with Grimsby Town.

Away Day Haze

Town’s torrid form away from home, although not surprising to most, must improve if they are to pose more a serious top-half challenge.

Gary Johnson’s side picked up their solitary away league win at Chesterfield during the back-end of September, and have just 5 points from a possible 21 on the road.

 

The Wright Man for the Job

Veteran striker Danny Wright has proven to be an invaluable option, in providing something different to the Robins’ frontline.

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Town will however need to work out the best way going forward into these tight away games and must assess their forward options.

Playing the conventional front two of Brian Graham and Mo Eisa has shown to be more than capable working together at home, however an away day pairing has often sold them short.

Town could prosper from taking to the field with just one man up-top on their travels, which would add an extra body to either the midfield or the defence, and provide more cover in protecting the goalmouth.

 

Cheltenham’s Mix of Youth and Experience Must Continue to Unite

The Robins’ young core must look to respond after what was evidently their worst performance in over two months.

The recent upturn in results had seen Town reach as high as 2nd in the form table, with an encouraging balance of experience and fresh guile beginning to strengthen.

 

Supporters Surge

A buoyant band of 266 Town fans made the long journey up to Stoke.

 

This, a greater following than usual for The Robins, was praised by the club for their collective efforts on Saturday afternoon, as the feel-good factor continues to rise amongst the Cheltenham faithful.

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