EFL Trophy report: Cheltenham 0 Chelsea 0 (5-4 on pens)

Tough spell

Will Armitage who was playing centre-back for Cheltenham did have a rare chance for his side as he had a free header but failed to get enough power on it, giving Wady the opportunity to make a good save sharp to his left.

Another opportunity was cretaed by May as he took a shot from 25 yards out and it only just cleared Wady’s bar. Despite not having possession for most of the game the Robins few openings gave them confidence. 

After McEachran gave away a free-kick, a well-worked move found its way to substitute Ellis Chapman and his left-footed shot which he tried to bend to the far corner was weak. 

This gave the crowd a reason to shout and the louder atmosphere certainly was helping the home side. The dangerman May almost scored a wonder goal as his volley in the box beat keeper Wady but only just missed the bottom corner. Despite being already eliminated from the competition, the Robins were giving a good account of themselves in the final moments of the game. 

The League One side were looking the side more likely to get the win, as they began to put pressure on our side. A last ditch challenge from Brooking stopped Norton who is on loan from Stoke City in the Championship from pulling the trigger in what looked like a certain goal.

In the last minute of normal time, Baker did have a good chance to give us the lead. McEachran picked out Baker on the edge of the area and his attempted caress of the ball to the far corner was inches from going in.That was the last chance of the game,  and the game ended 0-0 with both sides probably feeling that they could have won it. Despite the draw, as is customary in the EFL Trophy, a penalty shoot-out follows a draw to decide who gets one point.