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Gaffer thrilled by 'magnificent' first half show

24 March 2018

Delighted manager Gary Johnson hailed a 'magnificent' first half from his five-star Robins as they powered to a 5-3 victory over Crawley Town in Sky Bet League Two.

Harry Pell grabbed two early goals on his return to the starting line-up and Mo Eisa another as Cheltenham stormed to a 3-0 half-time lead at the Checkatrade Stadium.

Eisa then netted his 20th of the league season while Will Boyle also found the net as the Robins held off a late home charge to take all three points and remain undefeated in five games.

"It was a super first half - it was a super game," said Johnson. "We would have ripped people's arms off if you said we were going to win 5-3.

"Crawley threw caution to the wind late on when they were 4-0 and 5-1, they are going to play with five strikers and a centre half and two full backs running forward.

"We needed to keep it towards the end, but let's not take away from the performance.

"It is a 90-minute game and overall, if you score five goals away from home, that is great performance. I thought tactically we were magnificent first half.

"We've come away with three big points and the lads have shown again that we can play.

"I thought maybe somebody should have been sent off whe Mo went through. There was some talk about Mo hand balling it, so both sides were aggrieved," he added.

"But tactically you could see what we did. On occasions we let them have it and on other occasions we pressed them as a team.

"I was really pleased that the work we have done over the last few days has come to fruition."

Johnson also praised the performances of two-goal Pell and Eisa.

"It was a fantastic strike for his (Pell) first goal," admitted Johnson. "He has got to get back to that, driving with the ball and shooting as he has a big shot on him.

"Mo looks tremendous. He is picking things up quickly and is a constant threat up top.

"He can play up on his own so it gives us the opportunity to play five in midfield. I was pleased with our shape and pattern for an hour."

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