John Sheridan pleased with the points but not the performance

John Sheridan pleased with the points but not the performance

Notts County boss John Sheridan admitted his side were not at their best in beating Cheltenham 3-2 but said he would happily take more victories in that manner.

The Magpies had to go ahead three times to beat the resilient Robins, with Jon Stead bagging a brace after Jonathan Forte's opener.

Danny Wright and Harry Pell both scored to peg the visitors back but County's extra cutting edge told as they escaped Whaddon Road with the three points.

Sheridan said: "We defended really well as a team and to score three goals away from home is a plus.

"I'd like to win a few more games like that - not play great, but showing that fighting spirit to get something out of the game. We definitely deserved something out of the game, but I'm pleased to come out with three points."

The victory was County's third successive win on the road and Sheridan hopes to take the away form back to Meadow Lane sooner rather than later.

"It's a very evenly matched league and we all want to win our first game at home," he added. "We might be showing the form away, but we need to start showing it away from home now.

"I've said that our home form will be vital this season, but if we're winning away and can pick up something up at home, that is good."

Cheltenham manager Gary Johnson lamented his side's inability to turn possession and promising positions into chances in the final third.

"The game could have gone either way, but they showed that extra bit of quality in the penalty area," Johnson said.

"We had just as much play as they did, but we didn't really make their keeper make too many saves.

"For the amount of time we were on the edge of their box, we didn't have that extra bit of quality to win football matches.

"We've got a couple of months to grow into this division and I hope that the penny drops for enough of them to start winning more matches.

"Hopefully one or two of them will find something that makes them a little better than they are right now."