Despite going 1-0 up against Southend United in the 45th minute, Cheltenham continued their home misery against the top half sides.
The guests’ Barry Corr and Kevan Hurst confirmed that United did what every top half side except Bury has done this season when visiting Whaddon Road: They got at least a point, in this case even all three of them, after a 2-1 turnaround. That’s a significant reason of why Cheltenham are finding themselves in the table desert where neither delicious water or lethal famine are around.
The cold numbers state only one win, three draws and an insufferable six losses in their own back yard against the clubs on the bright side of the table. That equals a tiny average 0,60 points a game, and that’s by some distance the worst in League Two. Even worse than relegation-zoned Northampton, with 0,90 points in that respect.
However, it’s not particularly hard to locate the end where the problems occur: 22 conceded goals in the ten games is simply unbearable and the major reason why the robins have only won once despite scoring in nine of the games. Additionally, there isn’t a single clean sheet on the books of Mark Yates’ army, and that makes them the only side in the league without one at home against the top half clubs.
For a comparison, Southend United are on the top of the home-against-the-top-half table, scoring fifteen times in the process. Cheltenham have scored only two(!) goals less in the relevant games – and they’re bottom.