Tom Pope

Cheltenham boss says his side should learn from Tom Pope masterclass

Cheltenham boss says his side should learn from Tom Pope masterclass

Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson says Vale striker Tom Pope gave a lesson in leading the line to his strikers.

Talking after Vale’s 3-1 win during which Pope scored twice Johnson told the local media: “Their gameplan beat us, which involved long balls to Pope, who had a very good game today.

He won his flicks and got runners in, while our quality wasn’t there…

“He won his flicks and got runners in, while our quality wasn’t there.

“He has played at a higher level and he’s been around a long time.

“It’s a lesson for both centre-halves and there are some strong centre forwards in this league.

“But it’s also a lesson for our strikers to show how much they can affect a game if they are strong and winning everything.

“I am sure they are clever enough to know how effective Pope’s game was.”

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