Cheltenham Town: Yates applauds winning lesson from Jamie Cureton
CHELTENHAM Town boss Mark Yates applauded Jamie Cureton's goalscoring instinct after his late winner sank AFC Wimbledon.
Substitute Cureton scored with virtually the last kick of the game to earn the Robins their first home League Two victory of the season.
He read a headed clearance from Troy Brown, pulled clear of the Wimbledon defence and lifted a perfectly measured finish into the net to relieve some of the tension that has built up around the Abbey Business Stadium this season.
"I glanced over at Jamie and he had got himself back onside by half a yard and he was on his bike as soon as he thought Troy could put it over the top to him," Yates said.
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"It's a lesson to all my strikers and to any young player at the club and he still had a hell of a lot to do because it bounced awkwardly, but he showed we have some good players at this club.
"I am a relieved man because our performance deserved the win."
Yates admitted he would have felt hard done by had the game finished goalless, with Cheltenham denied a penalty in controversial circumstances eight minutes before the final whistle.
Referee Darren Drysdale had pointed to the spot after a foul on Byron Harrison, but with Matt Richards set to take the penalty, he changed his mind and awarded Wimbledon a free-kick instead.
"The referee must be a relieved man too because I'd have given him plenty of stick if we hadn't won the game," Yates said.
"I won't criticise him now, but he gave a penalty, the ball was on the spot and for some reason he changed his mind.
"He had a perfect view, so I don't know why, but thankfully it hasn't cost us and we got there in the end."
Yates praised his players for their determination to cut out the costly errors that have blighted their season so far.
"We got what we deserved in the end because we kept going, we showed resilience, character and to get a good result against a decent side like Wimbledon is pleasing," he said.
"We haven't been playing at our best, but we showed we are together and that we keep going.
"We know that when we keep clean sheets and are a lot more organised, we have a terrific chance of winning games."
Cheltenham travel to Scunthorpe United next Saturday, with left-back Craig Braham-Barrett in with a chance of returning from an ankle ligament injury.