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Preview: Robins V Port Vale

9 February 2018

Cheltenham Town face Port Vale in a crunch Sky Bet League Two encounter at the LCI Rail Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Gary Johnson’s men have drawn their last two leagues matches 1-1 – with Grimsby and Barnet – and will be hoping to claim a victory to keep the Robins above Port Vale in the standings.

Vale have not won in their last six games – drawing 0-0 with Morecambe last weekend – and are currently 19th in the table – three places and two points behind the Robins.

When the teams met earlier in the season it was Vale who claimed a 3-1 win in Neil Aspin’s first game in charge at Vale Park.

The Opposition:

Vale are yet to win since the turn of the year and they head into the weekend on a run of two consecutive draws, but manager Neil Aspin wants every player to keep battling as his side search for three points in Sky Bet League Two. 

He said: "As a team we have not played well recently so you could say that a lot of players have been inconsistent. 

"I have the team that will be playing, but I have given it a lot of thought and when you are not winning games, the tendency is always to change things.

"You have to look at all things, but you also have a basic core who form the majority of the team every week - there won't be wholesale changes.

"Cheltenham have changed some personnel and they have switched formation from when we played them at home. We are all desperate to get points and every game is difficult, but we have to be confident, play our own game and be brave." 

Team News:

Cheltenham team news: Manager Gary Johnson is hoping for a strong squad to select from, although Jordan Cranston and Jordon Forster are still some way from selection as they continue to rehab. Taylor Moore and Danny Wright sit out the fixture as they both complete three-match suspensions.

Port Vale team news: Manager Neil Aspin has said striker Anton Forrester could force his way into his plans after netting a hat-trick for the reserves in midweek.

The man in the middle:

Referee Brett Huxtable – who has taken charge of 29 games this season and handed out 104 yellow cards and seven red cards - will take charge of the league clash at the LCI Rail Stadium. He refereed the Robins earlier this season when the team defeated Mansfield 3-0 – a game where he booked nine players. He will be assisted by Craig Taylor, Kevin Morris and fourth official Kevin Howick.

Last time we met:

14/10/17 – Port Vale 3-1 Cheltenham (L2)

29/03/13 – Port Vale 3-2 Cheltenham (L2)

15/12/12 – Cheltenham 1-1 Port Vale (L2)

02/01/12 – Port Vale 1-2 Cheltenham (L2)

19/11/11 – Cheltenham 2-0 Port Vale (L2)

Ticket Information:

Fans are advised that tickets will be available from the Ticket Office right up until kick-off on Saturday.

On matchday the Ticket Office will be open from 12noon, with limited seating available for fans wishing to pay by card. Collections will also be open from 12noon.

All remaining seats will be available for cash purchasers on the day from the turnstiles from 1.30pm.

As always, fans collecting pre-paid tickets are asked to arrive early to avoid any queues and to enable easy access into the LCI Rail Stadium.

Matchday ticket collections information:

  • If you have purchased tickets in the Autovillage Main Stand, Paddock or Tunnel areas your tickets on a matchday will be available for collection at the Ticket Office.
  • If you have purchased tickets in the Colin Farmer Stand your tickets will be available from the collection point located at the stand.
  • In order to collect your tickets, please remember you will need to quote your name and postcode at the relevant collection points.

Fans are reminded that access to the Robins Nest bar on matchdays is on a first come, first served basis and if the bar reaches capacity there will be no further admittance. Please arrive early to avoid any disappointment.

We look forward to welcoming you to the LCI Rail Stadium this weekend.

For further information call the Ticket Office at the LCI Rail Stadium on 01242 573558 (option 1) or email via tickets@ctfc.com

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REPORT: Robins 5-1 Port Vale

10 February 2018

Super Mo Eisa stole the show to net his first Football League hat-trick as Cheltenham Town thumped Port Vale to secure a first Sky Bet League Two victory since early January at the LCI Rail Stadium.

After a slow start to the game, Eisa was played through on the left-hand side of the six-yard-box by Sanmi Odelusi and the Sudan-born forward kept his cool to net his first after 13 minutes.

But Neil Aspin’s side were level ten minutes before half-time as Tom Pope stepped up to convert a penalty after Harry Pell made a clumsy challenge inside the penalty box.  

Just before the interval Eisa capitalised on an error by Vale goalkeeper Rob Lainton and scored his second of the game, and 16th of the season, despite having to beat two opposition players on the goal-line.

Elijah Adebayo then scored just five minutes after coming on in the second half, smashing into the bottom corner via a deflection off Lainton after a collision between two Vale players saw the Fulham loanee played clean through.

But nobody was taking the match-ball off of Eisa, who ran from right to left and curled in a sublime third before Will Boyle headed in a fifth to confirm Cheltenham’s biggest win of the season.

Johnson made one change to the team that drew at Grimsby Town last weekend as Odelusi came in to start his first game for the Robins after two substitute appearances for the injured Joe Morrell.

Morrell was missing his first game since the 11th of November as Cheltenham lined up in a 3-5-2 formation.

Having conceded early on in their last two games, Cheltenham started nervously as Port Vale forced an early corner when Tom Pope wrestled with Jamie Grimes.

Straight afterwards Brian Graham conceded a free-kick on the edge of the box which was eventually cleared as the home side looked to settle.

Pell’s wayward shot from 30-yards out was the only attempt in a quiet opening ten minutes, but with the first shot on target came the first goal three minutes later.

Graham flicked a long through pass on and Odelusi was alert to play the ball through to Eisa, who controlled and coolly slotted past former Robins loanee Lainton to score his 13th League Two goal of the season.

It was the first time Johnson’s side had taken the lead at home in four matches, as the front three of Graham, Odelusi and Eisa were combining well in Gloucestershire.

The Valiants continued to force set-pieces through corners and free-kicks but despite not testing Scott Finders in the Cheltenham goal, they were awarded a penalty after 35 minutes.

Pell made a clumsy challenge after a poor clearance and Tom Pope stepped up to net his 16th goal of the season, and third against Cheltenham, from the spot.

But Pell was to make amends when his long ball over the top was misjudged by Lainton and Eisa quickly controlled on his chest and fired past two Vale defenders on the line to score his fourth goal in three home games.

Michael Tonge curled a free-kick just wide moments later but it was the hosts who went into half-time ahead.

The visitors were constantly trying to cross the ball into the Cheltenham box, looking for the prolific Pope, but the home defence were dealing with his physical presence well.

Pope then fired a powerful half-volley from a tight angle into the arms of Flinders as Vale searched for another equaliser.

Both teams made double substitutions just after an hour and Adebayo, who replaced Graham, smashed in his second Cheltenham goal and first at the LCI Rail Stadium when a fortunate deflection fell at his feet just inside the six-yard-box.

With a two-goal cushion, Cheltenham were starting to enjoy themselves, as Will Boyle nearly added a fourth with a diving header that clipped the crossbar, but it was ruled out for offside anyway.

Jake Andrews was then subbed on for his debut after signing on loan from Bristol City but it was Eisa’s day and he completed his first ever EFL hat-trick after Pell charged down a clearance and Eisa rounded two players before curling in a sublime fourth for Cheltenham.

Boyle then capped off a perfect day for the Robins, powering in a header at the far post following Kevin Dawson’s corner as Cheltenham won for the first time at the LCI Rail Stadium in two months in style.

CHELTENHAM TOWN: Flinders (Gk), Grimes, Pell, Dawson, Winchester, Boyle, Eisa, Graham (Adebayo 62), Rodon, Odelusi (Atangana 62), Chatzitheodoridis (Andrews 77). Subs not used: Sellars, Bower, Lovett (Gk), Onariase.

PORT VALE: Lainton (Gk), Raglan, Kay (Howe 75), Pugh, Pope, Worrall, Forrester (Wilson 64), Gibbons, Smith, Tonge (Whitfield 64), Hannant. Subs not used: Harness, Montano, Boot (Gk), Howkins.

REFEREE: Brett Huxtable

ATTENDANCE: 2731 (355 from Port Vale)

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Ticket News

Ticket Latest: Port Vale

10 February 2018

Fans are advised that tickets for Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two encounter with Port Vale at the LCI Rail Stadium (kick-off 3pm) will be available from the Ticket Office right up until kick-off today!

The Ticket Office will be open from 12noon, with limited seating available for fans wishing to pay by card. Collections will also be open from 12noon.

All remaining seats will be available for cash purchasers only on the day from the turnstiles from 1.30pm.

As always, fans collecting pre-paid tickets are asked to arrive early to avoid any queues and to enable easy access into the LCI Rail Stadium.

Matchday ticket collections information:

  • If you have purchased tickets in the Autovillage Main Stand, Paddock or Tunnel areas your tickets will be available for collection at the Ticket Office.
  • If you have purchased tickets in the Colin Farmer Stand your tickets will be available from the collection point located at that stand.

In order to collect your tickets, please remember you will need to quote your name and postcode at the relevant collection points.

Fans are reminded that access to the Robins Nest bar on matchdays is always on a first come, first served basis and if the bar reaches capacity there will be no further admittance. Please arrive early to avoid any disappointment.

We look forward to welcoming you to the LCI Rail Stadium!

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