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Cheltenham Town 1-3 Exeter City

David Wheeler bagged a late brace as Exeter beat fellow strugglers Cheltenham.

Wheeler struck in the 81st and 85th minutes to move his side away from the League Two relegation zone and leave the Robins deep in trouble.

Cheltenham were the better side in the first half, with Amari Morgan-Smith hitting the post with a shot and Harry Pell seeing his effort crash against the bar.

But Exeter kept them out and took the lead 10 minutes after the break when Lee Holmes curled a shot into the top-left corner.

Cheltenham responded well and levelled through Billy Waters' ninth goal of the season in the 70th minute following a long ball forward from Aaron Downes.

But Wheeler stabbed in from close range after Troy Brown's pull back at the far post to make it 2-1 to Exeter.

And Wheeler was in the right place to follow in after Russell Griffiths parried substitute Liam McAlinden's low shot with five minutes remaining to put the result beyond all doubt.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Cheltenham

  • 1Griffiths
  • 28DickieBooked at 72mins
  • 6ParslowSubstituted forO'Shaughnessyat 57'minutes
  • 5Downes
  • 17Cranston
  • 21Dayton
  • 7Pell
  • 4StorerBooked at 83minsSubstituted forArthurat 88'minutes
  • 10Morgan-SmithSubstituted forSulimanat 68'minutes
  • 8Waters
  • 9Wright

Substitutes

  • 2Barthram
  • 11Munns
  • 12Kitscha
  • 15Arthur
  • 24O'Shaughnessy
  • 25Bower
  • 26Suliman

Exeter

  • 30Pym
  • 28Stacey
  • 39Brown
  • 16OakleySubstituted forTillsonat 49'minutes
  • 3WoodmanBooked at 66mins
  • 11WheelerBooked at 82mins
  • 25Taylor
  • 4James
  • 10Holmes
  • 14WatkinsBooked at 13mins
  • 33ReidSubstituted forMcAlindenat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Olejnik
  • 6Tillson
  • 7Harley
  • 12Grant
  • 19McAlinden
  • 26Ampadu
  • 38Storey
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
3,113

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home15
Away15
Shots on Target
Home7
Away8
Corners
Home10
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Exeter City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Exeter City 3.

Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Daniel O'Shaughnessy (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam McAlinden (Exeter City).

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Jake Taylor.

Attempt blocked. James Dayton (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Lloyd James.

Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

Booking

Ethan Ampadu (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Koby Arthur replaces Kyle Storer.

Attempt missed. Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 1, Exeter City 3. David Wheeler (Exeter City) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Liam McAlinden (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Kyle Storer (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kyle Storer (Cheltenham Town).

Jake Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

David Wheeler (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 1, Exeter City 2. David Wheeler (Exeter City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Troy Brown.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Liam McAlinden replaces Reuben Reid.

Foul by Robert Dickie (Cheltenham Town).

David Wheeler (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Troy Brown.

Attempt blocked. Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by James Dayton (Cheltenham Town).

Craig Woodman (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Jordan Cranston (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Robert Dickie (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Robert Dickie (Cheltenham Town).

Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 1, Exeter City 1. Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Holmes (Exeter City).

Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Easah Suliman replaces Amari Morgan-Smith.

Booking

Craig Woodman (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

James Dayton (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

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