Jermaine McGlashaninspired Cheltenham Town to their tenth home success of the season, this time against Burton Albion at the Abbey Business Stadium.
The club's latest aquisition was restored to the side and rewarded his manager's faith with a fine goal plus a penalty award to cap a scintilating performance.Burton Albion had not won in 2012 and that record never looked in danger.The Robins produced an effervescent display to dominate this one from start to finish.Paul Peschisolido's side hadn't kept a clean sheet since Bonfire Night, and their defence was once again breached here in the fifith minute.McGlashan handed Mark Yate's side the perfect start with a fine strike from 20 yards to claim his first goal for the club.Jeff Goulding could have extended the advantage, but he saw his penalty saved five minutes before the interval.The Brewers' cause was not helped by the dismissal of Patrick Ada shortly after the restart.And the game was up when Sido Jombati
struck his third goal of the season with 17 minutes remaining.The only black spot on the day was the low turnout. The manager and players must wonder what more they have to do to attract more supporters through the gate as they enter the campaign's final third in second place.With results going their way, it had been a decent afternoon for Cheltenham at the top of the League Two table.Yates got his tactics spot on, tweaking to good effect his teamsheet from Tuesday night's match against AFC Wimbledon.
He made two changes, swapping Luke Summerfield
and Kaid Mohamed
for McGlashan and Jimmy Spencer
.He also changed his shape, reverting to a 4-4-2 formation and partnered Spencer and Goulding in attack. McGlashan made his full home debut on the right of midfield, with Josh Low patrolling the left.Cheltenham should have taken the lead as early as the second minute after Marlon Pack had sent in a menacing low ball across the face of the Burton goal.But it had fizzed past Spencer, Goulding and Alan Bennett, at the far post, before they could apply a finishing touch.McGlashan though made the early breakthrough five minutes in with his side's first goal in 275 minutes of football at home.Russell Pennplayed in Low, who rolled a ball towards the pacey winger 25 yards from goal.The former Aldershot man had plenty to do as he collected the ball, but he twisted away from his marker and beat goalkeeper Ross Atkins with a fine strike from the edge of the box.The home side started the game well and dominated in the early stages.Jack Dyer went into the book as Burton's frustration tolled, carded for persistent offending with 19 minutes on the clock.Billy Kee was looking to add to his tally of 12 goals for the campaign and recorded his side's first shot on target a couple of minutes later.Jack Butland
, however, was equal to it.Cheltenham's two widemen were causing the Brewers' defence all sorts of problems.McGlashan imparticular was on the receiving end of some full-bloodied tackles, one of which handed his side a free-kick 35 yards from goal.
Garbutt lifted it in, but Goulding headed a foot wide.Then Spencer found space in the right channel and teed up McGlashan, but he dragged his chance wide.Referee Carl Berry was reaching for his pocket again, this time to caution Andres Gurrieri on the half hour for infinging Low on the left.Next Spencer rattled the woodword with a thunderous drive, but Mr. Berry had already blown for a foul a moment before.Unfortunately for Cheltenham, Garbutt smashed the resulting free-kick out of the ground.Burton simply could not get a foothold in the game.Cheltenham bossed the first half and their passing and movement merited more than their solitary lead at the break.They were given a chance to double their advantage five minutes before the interval when McGlashan went down under pressure by Danny Blanchett to earn a penalty.It looked a soft decision, and perhaps justice was done when Atkins dived to his left to deny Goulding with a fine fingertip stop.Butland was a spectator until first half stoppage time, when he was called into action to deny Andres Gurrieri with a smart save.Brewers boss Peschisolido made two changes either side of half-time in an attempt to revitalise his side.Patrick Ada had replaced Blanchett at left back approaching the break, while former Robin Justin Richards was pressed into action for the second half, replacing Gurrieri.Ada had struggled to get to grips with McGlashan following his arrival and was booked for a poor challenge on the lively winger.His side matched the Robins man-for-man, switching to 4-4-2 for the final 45 minutes but it was Cheltenham that created the first opportunity after the restart.McGlashan met a clever flick by Spencer on the turn, but Atkins got down well to smother the danger.A moment later the Burton number one gathered Low's daisycutter at the second attempt.Substitute Ada collected his second warning of his 19-minute debut for another clumsy foul on McGlashan to end his involvement in the match.It forced Peschisolido into his final move, withdrawing Kee to send on Cleeveland Taylor to shore up his defence for the final 26 minutes of the match.Cheltenham never really looked in danger after the sending off, and continued to put the Burton defence under pressure.McGlashan, the star performer on the day, sent over another fantastic cross from the right but Spencer coulodn't connect.As the move unfolded, Penn fired one over from 20 yards.At the other end, Butland produced his second notable save of the day to thwart Adam Bolder.But Cheltenham claimed their deserved second goal 17 minutes from time after Penn had forced a corner on the left-hand side.Pack sent it in, Spencer headed it down at the far post and Jombati did the rest from close-range.Pack could have had one of his own three mintues later with clever curler from 20 yards, but Atkins turned it around the left post at full stretch.McGlashan, the man of the match, received a standing ovation when he was replaced by Brian Smikle
with four minutes remaining.Cheltenham protected their lead in the closing stages and retained second spot with this result.CHELTENHAM TOWN (4-4-2):Butland; Jombati, Elliott, Bennett (c), Garbutt; McGlashan (Smikle 86), Penn, Pack, Low (Mohamed 74); Spencer, Goulding (Duffy 74). Subs not used: Lowe, Smikle, Summerfield.BURTON ALBION (4-5-1):Atkins; Driver, Stanton, Austin, Blanchett (Ada 42); Gurrieri (Richards 46), Bolder, Dyer, McGrath (c), Palmer; Kee. Subs not used: James, Taylor, Phillips.REFEREE:
2,935 (235 from Burton)