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16th April 2002 22:50

Cotterill hoping for better luck on Saturday
Cheltenham Town manager Steve Cotterill voiced his frustration after his team were held to a 0-0 draw by Carlisle United at Brunton Park.
The result means that the Robins must now take a point from their visit to champions Plymouth Argyle on Saturday to be sure of automatic promotion to Division Two.
"It was frustrating. We have missed enough chances there to have won two games when the ball was bouncing in and around the box," said Cotterill.
"I think we could have got a goal tonight out of the bits and bobs that were in and around the box, but the pitch was shocking to be honest and that doesn't help at all.
"I think they had a kids' final on here this afternoon and it looked as if they did as well."
But Cotterill said his players gave everything as usual and the main ingredient they need on Saturday is an extra slice of luck.
"The players' effort has been magnificent all season and that is the one thing you can never knock them for," he said.
"They were tremendous again tonight and what they have given is no different to what they have given in the other 45 games we have had this season.
"I thought we didn't force the issue enough in the first half. They sat bodies behind the ball and made it difficult. They were not too adventurous and I thought that maybe in the second half with a couple of balls whipped across the box and some set plays and long throws we could have scored a goal or two.
"But it goes to Saturday now and so be it. The season goes to 46 games and that is the 46th game on Saturday.
"We will be as determined down there as we were here tonight and hopefully we will get that little bit of luck."


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