Tag Archives: yates

Everton v Cheltenham: FA Cup scouting report

Cheltenham scouting report: What Everton must be wary of in the FA Cup

|

UPDATED:

18:37 GMT, 12 December 2012

David Moyes made the long trip to Hereford on Tuesday night to watch Everton's prospective opponents in the FA Cup Third Round.

As the night turned out, it was a neat near-post header by Cheltenham substitute Kaid Mohamed that settled it in the Robins' favour.

But here are five mental notes that Moyes certainly will have made following his cold night out at Edgar Street.

1. Jermaine McGlashan

The winger was given a torrid time after referee Dean Whitestone adjudged that he had been dragged over by Andy Gallinagh in first-half injury-time.

Speed demon: Jermaine McGlashan could cause Everton problems

Speed demon: Jermaine McGlashan could cause Everton problems

But he has a serious turn of pace and, although the end product does not always match the approach, he only needs to get lucky once – as he did at Edgar Street.

2. Cheltenham weren't bullied

Martin Foyle has some big lads in his Hereford team – midfielders Harry Pell and Will Evans stand well over six feet tall and the Robins stood up well to their challenge. It is particularly apt if Marouane Fellaini is chosen for the trip to Gloucestershire.

3. No kick and rush

I liked the look of midfielder Russ Penn. In the best traditions of central midfielders he keeps things ticking over. He was the victim of a horrible challenge which ruined his evening but before then he had been the fulcrum of a team that was trying to play on a difficult circumstance.

Winner: Kaid Mohamed (right) send Cheltenham through

Winner: Kaid Mohamed (right) send Cheltenham through

4. Confidence

Although Mark Yates is battling with a smallish squad, there is nothing that acts as a greater aid to confidence than winning matches regularly. League Two clubs have a busy schedule over the holiday period but if the Robins can defeat fellow high-fliers Port Vale on Saturday, they could be on the cusp of just the type of run that sends them into their plum tie on the crest of a wave.

5. Past experience

It won't have gone un-noticed on Merseyside that this season marks the tenth anniversary of an FA Cup exit at the same stage of the season at Moyes' expense.

Upset: Shrewsbury's Nigel Jemson scored the winner against Everton

Upset: Shrewsbury's Nigel Jemson scored the winner against Everton

It may not have been the primary reason for the Scot getting into his car and making the long journey south, but memories of a painful 2-1 defeat by Shrewsbury, managed by former favourite Kevin Ratcliffe, may be what has led Everton's boss into leaving no stone unturned.

Torquay 1 Cheltenham 2 (agg 1-4): Robins reach League Two play-off final

Torquay 1 Cheltenham 2 (agg 1-4): Robins fly into League Two play-off final

|

UPDATED:

22:23 GMT, 17 May 2012

Cheltenham withstood heavy first-half pressure before goals from Jermaine McGlashan and Marlon Pack confirmed their place in the npower League Two play-off final.

Trailing 2-0 from the first leg, Torquay came flying out of the blocks and Town goalkeeper Scott Brown was forced into a series of impressive saves within the opening half hour.

Pack your bags for Wembley: Marlon Pack celebrates his sides second goal

Pack your bags for Wembley: Marlon Pack celebrates his sides second goal

But Martin Ling's men ran out of steam after the interval and winger McGlashan, who opened the scoring at the Abbey Business Stadium on Sunday, effectively settled the tie with a quarter of an hour remaining.

Torquay substitute Taiwo Atieno levelled matters on the night before Robins midfielder Pack rifled home a magnificent 87th minute free-kick from 30 yards.

Mark Yates' men travel to Wembley a week on Sunday to face a Crewe side unbeaten in their last 18 outings. McGlashan was narrowly off target with a rasping 30-yard drive in the early stages before his side were forced to withstand a first-half onslaught.

Robins flying: Jermaine McGlashan (second right) eased Cheltenham's jitters with the first goal

Robins flying: Jermaine McGlashan (second right) eased Cheltenham's jitters with the first goal

Brown was the outstanding performer of the opening 45 minutes, and he got his night's work under way by tipping a Eunan O'Kane effort over following some deft footwork from the Torquay midfielder.

The Gulls headed into the contest without top scorer Rene Howe due to a hamstring injury, but they were not short on attacking threat, ably demonstrated when Ryan Jarvis burst into the box and forced Brown to push behind with a superb low block.

From the resulting corner, Cheltenham defender Keith Lowe fortuitously cleared via the post as he looked to hack clear from his own goalmouth and Brian Saah fired the loose ball wide.

Brown's best moment came courtesy of another low stop in the 27th minute when Mark Ellis' first-time shot from Stevens' shot emerged cleanly from a crowd of bodies.

Marvellous Marlon: Pack (right) put an exclamation point on the playoff semi-final

Marvellous Marlon: Pack (right) put an exclamation point on the playoff semi-final

Cheltenham striker James Spencer might have done better when he fired straight at Torquay keeper Robert Olejnik after the half hour, but it was at least an indication that Yates' men had weathered the storm.

There was drama a minute before the interval as Torquay full-back Kevin Nicholson's sweetly struck free-kick rattled the crossbar with Brown rooted to the spot.

The visitors immediately sprung up the other end and Olejnik stood firm to deny Kaid Mohamed.

Cheltenham began the second half with greater purpose and Olejnik gathered at the second attempt when McGlashan looked to clip home from an acute angle at the end of a mazy run.

At the races: Cheltenham will head to Wembley with confidence

At the races: Cheltenham will head to Wembley with confidence

O'Kane's 54th minute header looped up off Robins defender Alan Bennett to force Brown into another superb save, but it soon became clear that Torquay's early attacking verve had deserted them.

Mohamed hit a swerving shot over after a mazy run down the Torquay left by Robins full-back Sido Jombati before the decisive moment arrived in the 74th minute.

Mohamed was allowed to ease infield after collecting Ben Burgess' pass and he played in McGlashan, who stabbed home via Olejnik's boot and the inside of the far post.

Atieno reduced the aggregate arrears when he was left unmarked to glance in a near-post header from O'Kane's 85th minute corner.

However, Pack applied the gloss in memorable fashion when he found the top corner after Saah fouled Jeff Goulding.

Cheltenham 2 Torquay 0

Cheltenham 2 Torquay 0: Robins favourites for Wembley after first-leg win

|

UPDATED:

13:33 GMT, 13 May 2012

Cheltenham gained the first-leg advantage in their npower League Two play-off semi-final against Torquay courtesy of goals from Jermaine McGlashan and Ben Burgess.

McGlashan's first-half opener capped a fine display from the midfielder, who signed from Aldershot in January, while Burgess' measured header put the Gloucestershire side in pole position for the Wembley final.

Torquay, beaten play-off finalists last season, settled quicker than their hosts and Rene Howe fired an early effort just over the bar.

Double trouble: Ben Burgess (second left) scored Cheltenham's second

Double trouble: Ben Burgess (second left) scored Cheltenham's second

Martin Ling's side narrowly missed out on automatic promotion and finished four points above the hosts but found goalkeeper Scott Brown in inspired mood.

He rushed out to deny Ryan Jarvis as the Walsall loanee looked to lift the ball over him from 12 yards out.

The home side were given a scare from the subsequent corner, which Brown badly misjudged to set up a goalmouth scramble from which Lee Mansell shot wide.

Mark Yates' men reacted well and imposing striker Burgess' header was tipped over by Robert Olejnik in the 18th minute.

The visitors then suffered a significant setback as Howe went off injured, Ling watching his 14-goal top scorer leave the action midway through the first half.

Battle: Cheltenham's Kaid Mohamed and Torquay's Damon Lathorpe

Battle: Cheltenham's Kaid Mohamed and Torquay's Damon Lathorpe

The breakthrough came soon after to compound Torquay's misery. Damon Lathrope conceded possession in midfield, allowing Luke Summerfield to feed McGlashan, who darted into the area and slotted home via the far post.

The goalscorer then took a whack to the face from an attempted clearance, leaving him groggy for a few minutes and it seemed to affect his balance when, moments later, he ran clear down the right wing only to fall over as he tried to deliver a cross.

Mansell's overhead kick dropped wide of the far post in Torquay's final attack of the half.

An action-packed start to the second half saw both sides strike the woodwork and the Robins double their advantage.

Pile on! Jermaine McGlashan celebrates scoring Cheltenham's opening goal

Pile on! Jermaine McGlashan celebrates scoring Cheltenham's opening goal

First Mark Ellis tried to poke Summerfield's cross behind for a corner but smashed the ball against the post, then Burgess directed a powerful header into the top corner from McGlashan's cross.

Jarvis spurned a glorious chance to reduce the deficit almost immediately as he headed against the bar from close range.

Substitute Taiwo Atieno tested Brown with a late toe-poke and a back-post header but could not find a way through, leaving Torquay with a two-goal deficit to overturn in the second leg at Plainmoor on Thursday.

Bradley Wiggins keeps Paris-Nice yellow jersey

Wiggins keeps yellow jersey but Valverde gains momentum as thrilling Paris-Nice finale looms

Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins retained the leader's yellow jersey after the third stage of the Paris-Nice race.

Wiggins defended his overnight advantage despite Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) claiming the stage win.

The Spaniard held off the fast-finishing Simon Gerrans (GreenEDGE) on a deceptively tough uphill finish following a 194kilometre trek from Vierzon to Le Lac de Vassiviere.

Protection: Wiggins and Team Sky begin the assault on Le Lac de Vassiviere

Protection: Wiggins and Team Sky begin the assault on Le Lac de Vassiviere

Team Sky sports director Sean Yates was pleased with the manner in which his team defended Wiggins' lead, with closest challenger Levi Leipheimer still six seconds off the pace.

Yates is, however, wary of Valverde who moved 20secs behind after his stage win.

'The conditions were not as testing as yesterday. Obviously Bradley had the leader's jersey and it was about defending that. The boys did that really well,' Yates said.

'Valverde took out the stage win, picked up a few bonus seconds and therefore got a bit closer [to the lead].

Stage winner: Valverde closed in on Wiggins

Stage winner: Valverde closed in on Wiggins

'From Brad's point of view and the form he's shown here we know there's a lot more to come.

'It's a little scary how good he is at this time of year when you think about what he will be capable of in July.

'Stage four should be pretty similar to today. We'll keep defending the jersey. It's quite a tough final. The risk is if Valverde takes another win picks up some more bonus seconds.

'It's just a question of staying safe, looking after Bradley and looking towards the finish of stage five which I think will make a difference.

'If we can keep defending the jersey then it's down to Bradley on the Col d'Eze in Nice on Sunday.'