Cheltenham Town video: We could have nicked a draw - Richards
GOALSCORER Matt Richards believes Cheltenham Town were 'terribly unlucky' not to take Tuesday night's Capital One Cup tie against West Ham United to extra-time.
The former Ipswich Town midfielder (pictured) converted from the penalty spot in the second half to make it 2-1 after the Premier League club had opened up a two-goal lead with strikes from Ricardo Vaz Te and Ravel Morrison either side of half-time.
Despite some late opportunities, Cheltenham could not muster a leveller at Upton Park and Richards left the field feeling they deserved at least another 30 minutes to try and oust Sam Allardyce's men in the second round.
"Five minutes either side of half-time whistle cost us really," Richards said. "In the first half we were controlling it at times and while we could have been better in final third, we passed it well.
"We had a good shape about us and it was the same in second half bar the first five minutes so I thought we were terribly unlucky and we could easily have nicked a goal at the end."
Richards held his nerve to beat Adrian and register his third goal of the season, with the 1,500 travelling fans behind the goal given something to celebrate on a proud night for the club.
It was awarded for a foul by the advancing Adrian on winger Jermaine McGlashan in the 57th minute, with the Spanish goalkeeper fortunate to stay on the pitch.
"It was great taking a penalty in front of the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand," he said. "I just concentrated on where I was going to put it and blocked everything else out.
"I hit it as hard as I could and thankfully it went past the goalkeeper, despite him guessing the right way."
Richards wants to reach double figures this season and he is firmly on course, having scored one direct free-kick and two penalties so far.
"I said at the start of season that I want to chip in with more goals and go past 10 if possible, so hopefully this can continue and I can help the team get that promotion we all want," he said.
"We put in a dogged performance at Accrington on Saturday (1-0 win) and got that clean sheet and it was a horrible game, but they are the ones that matter.
"We stuck in there and got the result we needed and if we can bring our form from that and West Ham into next game it will help us as we try to take as many three point hauls as we can."