Cheltenham Town: Fan's view of Rotherham win with Hannah Lugsden
Fan's view of Cheltenham Town's 3-0 home win over Rotherham United with Hannah Lugsden
This was a must win game to maintain any chance of automatic promotion.
Many think we are doomed for play-off pandemonium, but I think there is still a chance of several teams having a last minute say when it comes to second and third place.
Rotherham looked a bit tired, we looked up for the fight, typified by Russ Penn's mopping up and positional discipline.
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His performance today eclipsed what Jason Taylor has done in that role since he arrived. He complimented Pack and vice versa, Marlon was gliding at times, and when the pair of them play together like that (complimented by Deering dipping in and out of their area) you wonder how we haven't battered more teams.
I felt for Keith Lowe missing out, but the time felt right for Sido's return and he didn't disappoint. Sometimes he makes my jaw drop because he is so capable of executing in the impossible.
The back four as a unit did a superb job at keeping danger at bay, my only concern is Billy Jones' defensive limitations which did leave him out of position sometimes, but Elliott was so alive - he covered with fabulous game reading.
The whole team looked balanced today, McGlashan and Mohamed pushed Rotherham inside with their attacking intent. Jermaine got the crowd going with his tenacity married with his box of tricks, when he flies - he' hard to contain and I'm so glad we have him. I felt for Paul Benson, he couldn't win the ball in the air and every time he had it at his feet he looked to bring others in but it wasn't coming off. When Shaun Harrad plays alongside him, he looks a better all round striker, but with the form of Deering; Yates cannot find a place for another striker.
We played some lovely football considering the bobbly pitch and coming off the back of a painful defeat. We played to our strengths and there were no passengers today, only contenders.
I hope Yatesy enjoys staying up late with a cuppa to watch the highlights... I shall.
OUT OF TEN
Brown - 7
The little he had to do, he did well. Kept his concentration and is now one of the best goalkeepers in League Two.
Jombati - 7
Apart from the odd miskick, Sido looked assured. He showed strength and composure at all the right moments.
Elliott - 8
Read the game expertly. Timed his tackles and blocks to perfection and popped up with a goal. Masterful.
Hector - 8
Excellent in the air, got in front of his man and played the ball out accurately when the opportunity arose.
Jones - 6
Got caught out a few times. One or two whirling crosses but was the weaker of the back four.
Mohamed - 8
Three assists, tried to start moves off as well as being the final ball provider. Made an effort to accommodate for Benson at goal kicks and should be pleased with his contribution.
Penn - 8
Did an understated job. Charged with the Taylor role and gave a composed and dogged display. Love seeing him win those sliding challenges.
Pack - 7
Nobody passed that ball quite like Marlon. Looked comfortable just in front of Penn and popped up in a goalscoring position more than once.
McGlashan - 8 MOTM
Ran up and down that line like a man possessed. Scared the Rotherham defence and scored a beaut. Probably left Steve Evans crying.
Deering - 7
Full of effort and running always trying to make something happen. Faded in the second half slightly, but is in good form.
Benson - 6
Couldn't win the ball for large parts of the game. Caught out the Millers occasionally with persistence but his all round game suffers in this formation despite his potency.
Harrison - showed a nice touch or two.
Carter & Duffy - short cameos.
Not enough game time to mark the subs.