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Cheltenham Town 1-1 Portsmouth

Nigel Atangana scored his first goal of the season to help Portsmouth end a run of five straight away defeats.

Omari Sterling-James put the hosts in front late in the first half with a low finish to Craig Braham-Barrett's cross.

The winger came close to adding a second shortly after the break, but his strike was kept out by Paul Jones.

Jack Whatmough then broke through Cheltenham's defence to allow Atangana to send a powerful drive into the net via the underside of the crossbar.

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Paul Buckle

Cheltenham Town manager Paul Buckle told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"I gave Omari (Sterling-James) a new deal this week. He scored a cracking first goal, he looked a threat all day.

"I've learnt a lot more again today about the team. Once they scored...that was a test of character, whether we could hold out, and we did fairly comfortably in the end.

"If you give everything like we did, and if you're resilient, you have a chance to win the game, even against a huge club like Pompey.

"I've had to start from the back, I'm pleased with that, and now it's about trying to find ways that we can be a little bit more inventive around the box and have a bit more belief."

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Awford on Cheltenham v Portsmouth

Portsmouth manager Andy Awford speaks to BBC Radio Solent:

"I think the manner of the performance today was excellent and we came with a game plan and the players carried it out. The lads showed plenty of character and dug in and fully deserved the point and probably deserved to win the game on possession and chances created.

"Not all have been dropped, that's a common phrase of a manager to say rested but I felt I had to change the selection today and the shape and I wanted to go that way after I made my mind up after Tranmere.

"I don't go overboard when we get beat and I don't go overboard when we win games but it was a good point and we are pleased.

"We showed good desire and I have to say the supporters were absolutely magnificent today and that's why I took all the players up to them at the end, it was important that we went to them as a group and showed we are all in this together and we have to stick together."

Line-ups

Cheltenham

  • 1Carson
  • 2VaughanBooked at 90mins
  • 4Taylor
  • 5Brown
  • 3Braham-BarrettBooked at 90mins
  • 7Ferdinand
  • 16Hanks
  • 8Richards
  • 28De VitaSubstituted forHarrisonat 72'minutes
  • 19Sterling-James
  • 10GornellSubstituted forHaworthat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Harrison
  • 11Haworth
  • 12Gould
  • 15Deaman
  • 17Kotwica
  • 21Williams
  • 22Dale

Portsmouth

  • 1Jones
  • 5Devera
  • 16Robinson
  • 3Whatmough
  • 34Butler
  • 18Bean
  • 29Hollands
  • 8Wallace
  • 25AtanganaSubstituted forBarchamat 84'minutes
  • 28Holmes
  • 9Taylor

Substitutes

  • 2Webster
  • 7Barcham
  • 14Storey
  • 17Shorey
  • 20Westcarr
  • 22Poke
  • 27Fish
Referee:
Fred Graham
Attendance:
3,331

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home8
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Portsmouth 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Portsmouth 1.

Booking

Lee Vaughan (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Lee Vaughan (Cheltenham Town).

Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Trevor Carson.

Attempt saved. Lee Holmes (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town).

Andy Barcham (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Paul Robinson (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Andy Haworth (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Lee Vaughan (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dan Butler (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Andy Haworth replaces Terry Gornell.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Andy Barcham replaces Nigel Atangana.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Marcus Bean.

Attempt saved. Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Byron Harrison replaces Raffaele De Vita.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Matt Richards.

Omari Sterling-James (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcus Bean (Portsmouth).

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Paul Jones.

Attempt saved. Omari Sterling-James (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Dan Butler (Portsmouth).

Omari Sterling-James (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Craig Braham-Barrett.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Jack Whatmough.

Omari Sterling-James (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Devera (Portsmouth).

Attempt saved. Omari Sterling-James (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 1, Portsmouth 1. Nigel Atangana (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town).

Marcus Bean (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Omari Sterling-James (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins Cheltenham Town 1, Portsmouth 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Portsmouth 0.

Hand ball by Dan Butler (Portsmouth).

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 1, Portsmouth 0. Omari Sterling-James (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe21126336191742
2Shrewsbury21124531151640
3Luton21124526151140
4Burton2212463023740
5Plymouth21114628131537
6Southend2110562219335
7Newport219753024634
8Exeter229763027334
9Bury219483027331
10Morecambe219392322130
11Accrington219393235-330
12Cambridge218583225729
13Stevenage218492829-128
14Portsmouth217682526-127
15Wimbledon217682730-327
16Mansfield217591725-826
17Oxford Utd216782326-325
18Cheltenham216782030-1025
19Northampton2173113032-224
20Dag & Red2163122534-921
21Carlisle2163122740-1321
22York2131172228-620
23Tranmere2147102127-619
24Hartlepool2134141539-2413
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