Cheltenham Town video: Super sub Mohamed steals points for Robins
Cheltenham Town 2 Plymouth Argyle 1
SUBSTITUTE Kaid Mohamed was the hero as Cheltenham Town hit back from a goal down to defeat Plymouth Argyle at the Abbey Business Stadium this evening.
They trailed for seven first half minutes, but goals from Steve Elliott and Mohamed, both set up by fine set piece deliveries from Billy Jones, ensured Mark Yates' men returned to winning ways.
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Only some excellent goalkeeping from Plymouth's Jake Cole kept the Robins at bay until the 37th minute.
He was tested as early as the second minute when a long, flat clearance from Scott Brown caught out the Argyle defence and Chris Zebroski almost capitalised, connecting well with a strike that Cole spectacularly beat away.
Cheltenham made by far the brighter start and some good persistence from Sido Jombati set up Jermaine McGlashan for a shooting chance which he smashed into the side netting in the 11th minute.
Zebroski had already netted against two of his former clubs this season in Torquay and Bristol Rovers and he looked fired up to make it a treble against Plymouth, who he left in 2007.
He latched onto a long ball from Jombati and outpaced Plymouth's centre-halves but he guided his shot the wrong side of the near post after 24 minutes.
Zebroski went close again in the 29th minute, reaching a Jones corner, but Cole made another outstanding save to once again leave him frustrated.
Apart from a couple of speculative efforts from Andres Gurrieri, Brown was largely untroubled at the other end on his 200th appearance for Cheltenham, but he found himself picking the ball out of his net after half an hour.
A ball towards the edge of the Robins box was cleared by Russ Penn, but it fell straight to Conor Hourihane, who was in plenty of space.
He had time to line up an accurate shot which nestled inside the bottom right corner, giving Brown no chance.
But Cheltenham were only behind for seven minutes and it was some skilful wing play from the brightest player of the first half that won them a free-kick in a dangerous area.
McGlashan was cynically brought down, Jones curled the set piece in with his left foot and Elliott met it at the far post and his downward header finally beat Cole.
Hourihane was cautioned for diving after a challenge from Marlon Pack a minute later, but he almost restored Plymouth's advantage during first half stoppage time, bursting through on goal, but Brown reacted well to block.
Ex-Robins loan front man Guy Madjo went down under a challenge from Elliott, but Plymouth’s penalty appeals were waved away by referee Stephen Martin three minutes into the second half.
With Plymouth starting the second half strongly, Mark Yates reacted with a double substitution, with Kaid Mohamed and Darryl Duffy replacing the injured Darren Carter and Shaun Harrad.
Duffy was the hero in the fixture last year, scoring twice as Cheltenham came from behind to snatch a 2-1 win.
Brown had to be at his best to turn another Gurrieri effort over the bar in the 72nd minute as the contest remained delicately poised.
Cheltenham had offered very little going forward in the second half, but another pinpoint corner delivery from Jones gave Mohamed the chance to nod in his second League goal of the season and he duly obliged.
Zebroski remained desperate to find the net and only a clearance on the line from Maxime Blanchard stopped him celebrating in the 80th minute.
There was one late scare as Alex MacDonald missed an gilt-edged chance after a deflected free-kick bounced back to him off the bar, but Cheltenham had done just enough to make it a hat-trick of 2-1 victories against the Devon club.
CHELTENHAM TOWN: S Brown; S Jombati, A Bennett, S Elliott, B Jones; J McGlashan (S Deering 79), M Pack, R Penn, D Carter (K Mohamed 56), C Zebroski; S Harrad (D Duffy 56). Subs not used: K Lowe, J Goulding, C Roberts, B Graham.
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE: J Cole; D Berry, M Blanchard, D Purse, S Griffiths; A MacDonald, C Hourihane, A Gurrieri, L Young (J Lowry 89), J Lennox (O Bhasera 70); G Madjo (N Chadwick 83). Subs not used: W Feeney, C Nelson, R Gilmartin, J Sims.
REFEREE: S Martin.
ATTENDANCE: 3,058 (670 away).
STAR MAN: Jermaine McGlashan.
* Sido Jombati and Russ Penn will be forced to miss Saturday's match with Exeter City after picking up their fifth cautions of the season against Plymouth.
* Cheltenham Town will play Yate Town at home in the first round of the FA Cup, a week on Saturday at the Abbey Business Stadium. Yate defeated Newport County 3-1 after extra-time this evening.
To see how the game unfolded, click below: