Last gasp goal moves Cheltenham up to third

Paul Benson scored in stoppage time to move Cheltenham up to third in League Two. Photo: PA Wire

LEAGUE TWO

  • CHELTENHAM TOWN 1 - 0 CHESTERFIELD

Cheltenham Town moved into the League Two automatic promotion places after a last minute goal from Paul Benson earned them three points against Chesterfield.

The visitors had the better chances, but the home side improved once Jermaine McGlashan came off the bench. The winger caused Chesterfield's left-back Nathan Smith numerous problems. On one occasion he earned a corner, which saw Jason Taylor volleying marginally over the cross bar.

Chesterfields's best chance fell to Jack Lester. The veteran striker fired a left footed shot just wide of Scott Brown's right post.

The deadlock was finally broken in stoppage time. Billy Jones' cross was headed home by Benson for his third goal for the club. Mark Yates' men are now third in the table, five points off top spot.

We've got into some great crossing positions this evening. I think Jermaine was back to his electric best when he got on.

I remember Paul Benson scoring against us like that last season for Swindon in similar circumstances.

That's what he's here for but we've got to create more chances for him because he will finish them.

– Mark Yates, Manager, Cheltenham Town
Bristol City head coach Sean O'Driscoll was pleased with his side's performance in the 0-0 draw with Brighton. Credit: Barrington Coombs/EMPICS Sport

CHAMPIONSHIP

  • BRISTOL CITY 0 - 0 BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

Bristol City drew 0-0 for the second time in four days to leave Sean O'Driscoll's side three points from safety at the foot of the npower Championship.

The Ashton Gate crowd, who are yet to see their side lose at home under the former Nottingham Forest boss, watched their side carve out plenty of chances against Brighton but they failed to find a way past Tomasz Kuszczak.

Albion, who failed to have a shot on or off target, put in a resolute defensive display to earn a point which keeps them in the play-off places.

A dull first half saw City create all the chances. Cole Skuse had two shots blocked after 15 minutes and Tomasz Kuszczak had to save from Paul Anderson and Liam Kelly.

City continued to look the more threatening side at the start of the second half, with Anderson and Kelly shooting over from distance.

Then Moloney let fly from 20 yards and saw his low effort deflected inches past a post with Kuszczak rooted to the spot.

Brighton huffed and puffed without being able to penetrate a home side who battled for every ball.

So City are now unbeaten in three games, but they remain bottom - three points from safety. They have another home game on Saturday as Middlesbrough visit Ashton Gate.

The players gave everything and no one would have known which team were bottom and which battling for promotion.

We have now kept successive clean sheets in goalless games with good sides. That is a big change from earlier in the season and the players have taken on board what I have asked of them.

We now need that bit of extra quality, but if we keep on showing that level of commitment we will have a chance of surviving in the Championship.

Perhaps I could have introduced my attacking substitutes a bit earlier, but we are not the finished article by any means and didn't want to lose the game 1-0 after such a big effort by the players.

– Sean O'Driscoll, Head Coach, Bristol City