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Final Word - Cheltenham

7 October 2012

Town manager Micky Mellon was satisfied with a point from Whaddon Road as he felt both sides deserved to take a share of the spoils in the 2-2 draw with Cheltenham.

By Liz Owen

Town manager Micky Mellon was satisfied with a point from Whaddon Road as he felt both sides deserved to take a share of the spoils in the 2-2 draw with Cheltenham.

“I don’t think it was a fantastic game, I’ve got to be honest,” he admitted. “It was a battle, if you like, at both ends of the pitch, but we hung in there and we got the point that we definitely deserved. “In the end, to come to Cheltenham and pick up a point off the back of the two games we’ve got – we would have taken that before the game. Going in at half-time a goal up you’d have expected us to go on, but in the end, with about 17 minutes to go or whenever it was when they got their second, we certainly would have taken the point then. “It’s an impressive four points away from home and we looked at the three games [Barnet, York and Cheltenham] and we felt if we can take seven out of nine then we’ll be absolutely delighted – and we’ve achieved that.” Both of Cheltenham’s goals materialised through set-pieces as left-back Billy Jones claimed two assists from two corners, and although Mellon was unhappy to concede in that manner, he was pleased with how his defence adapted to losing captain Steve McNulty early on, while he also praised the influence of Town’s attacking force. “We’re disappointed obviously because losing two goals from two corner-kicks is avoidable but to get back in it at the end and get a result is pleasing. “Alan [Goodall] filled in at centre back and I thought Conor [McLaughlin] did very well when he came on at right-back. That’s what having a squad is all about; the players filled in and the lads [Steven Gillespie and Jon Parkin] have come off the bench as well and made an impact at the end.” “Junior has done very well. He was probably unlucky with the one that came onto the post and somehow stayed out; there was one in the first half as well and the ‘keeper’s made a good save. “All in all, I think I’ve got to say that I thought a draw was a fair result. I didn’t think any of the two teams maybe merited a victory.” Town are in action at Highbury next Saturday when Wycombe Wanderers are the visitors.  Tickets are available all next week by calling 01253 775080, through the website or visiting the club shop which is open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm (match day 9am to kick-off at 3pm). Hospitality is also available in the Parkside Suite.

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