AFC Wimbledon's new manager Neal Ardley suffered defeat in his first game in charge at the hands of Cheltenham.
Byron Harrison could have put Ardley's side ahead but blasted over, a miss which was compounded when Marlon Pack volleyed in from outside the box.
Despite Ardley's side pressing for an equaliser, ex-Dons player Kaid Mohamed doubled the lead with a headed effort from Billy Jones's cross.
Harrison headed in late on, but it proved no more than a consolation.
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AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley told BBC London 94.9:
"It was tough to be thrown in two days before the game and to have to get to know the boys.
"They gave everything out there and I can't ask for too much more.
"There were some positives, we created a lot of chances.
"We looked like we were going to score and I suppose that is a positive."
Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:
"Once we scored, it lifted them and we dropped off a little bit. We had to defend a little bit more than I wanted us to, but I think they've got good players.
"We've got a nasty habit of winning at the moment, away from home in particular, and defending for our lives. We've just got to keep that going.
"I had a chat with Marlon Pack on Monday, as I felt he wasn't as sharp as he could have been. I needed him to step up, and I thought he was outstanding.
"If we're up to third, then great. The players deserve to be there. It's up to us now to make sure we stay up there."
- 01 Brown
- 04 Harris (Long - 57' )
- 15 Fenlon
- 24 Francomb
- 29 Antwi
- 30 Mambo
- 23 Yussuff (Jolley - 57' )
- 28 Gregory
- 09 Harrison
- 10 Midson
- 11 L Moore
- 33 Jaimez-Ruiz
- 02 Osano
- 22 Haynes-Brown
- 07 Long
- 12 Jolley
- 20 Merrifield
- 21 Strutton
- 01 Brown
- 02 Lowe
- 03 Jones
- 06 Elliott
- 22 Jombati
- 04 Carter Booked
- 07 Pack
- 11 McGlashan
- 16 Penn
- 23 Mohamed (Duffy - 74' )
- 26 Zebroski
- 12 Roberts
- 17 Andrew
- 08 Deering
- 21 Graham
- 09 Duffy
- 10 Goulding
- 14 Harrad
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.90:00 +1:49
Byron Harrison takes a shot.90:00 +0:38
Jim Fenlon provided the assist for the goal.90:00 +0:38 Goal scored
Goal! - Byron Harrison - Wimbledon 1 - 2 Cheltenham Byron Harrison finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the box. AFC Wimbledon 1-2 Cheltenham.90:00 +0:05
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stacy Long by Chris Zebroski. George Francomb restarts play with the free kick.88:58
Short corner worked by Darryl Duffy.86:15
Jim Fenlon challenges Jermaine McGlashan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Russell Penn.85:00
Byron Harrison takes a shot. Blocked by Keith Lowe.82:41
Russell Penn fouled by Luke Moore, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Brown.80:18
Chris Zebroski is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Luke Moore.80:00
Darren Carter takes a shot. Save by Seb Brown.79:38
The referee blows for offside against Darryl Duffy. Will Antwi restarts play with the free kick.77:38
Corner taken right-footed by George Francomb, Shot by Christian Jolley from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.77:05
Darren Carter is ruled offside. Will Antwi takes the free kick.75:56
Jack Midson takes a shot. Save made by Scott Brown.75:25
Christian Jolley takes a shot. Blocked by Keith Lowe.75:02
Darryl Duffy concedes a free kick for a foul on Yado Mambo. Yado Mambo takes the direct free kick.74:27
Darryl Duffy takes a shot. Comfortable save by Scott Brown.72:54
Yado Mambo takes the direct free kick.72:54 Substitution
Substitution (Cheltenham) makes a substitution, with Darryl Duffy coming on for Kaid Mohamed.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Chris Zebroski.70:48
Sido Jombati gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Midson. Stacy Long takes the direct free kick.69:53
Corner from the right by-line taken by George Francomb, clearance by Chris Zebroski.66:39
Jack Midson takes a shot. Save by Scott Brown.65:02
George Francomb produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.65:02 Booking
Booking Booking for Darren Carter for unsporting behaviour.64:56
Darren Carter concedes a free kick for a foul on Christian Jolley.59:13
Free kick awarded for a foul by Billy Jones on Christian Jolley. Free kick taken by George Francomb.58:35
Darren Carter concedes a free kick for a foul on Stacy Long. George Francomb takes the direct free kick.57:37
Corner from the right by-line taken by George Francomb, Russell Penn manages to make a clearance.56:37 Substitution
Substitution Stacy Long joins the action as a substitute, replacing Louis Harris.56:37 Substitution
Substitution Rashid Yussuff leaves the field to be replaced by Christian Jolley.55:40
Assist on the goal came from Darren Carter.55:40 Goal scored
Goal! - Kaid Mohamed - Wimbledon 0 - 2 Cheltenham Kaid Mohamed finds the net with a headed goal from close in. AFC Wimbledon 0-2 Cheltenham.54:51
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Billy Jones from the right by-line.52:48
Darren Carter takes a shot. Comfortable save by Seb Brown.48:59
Shot by Chris Zebroski from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.47:19
George Francomb challenges Russell Penn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Billy Jones.45:46
Jack Midson takes a shot. Save made by Scott Brown.45:01
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.45:00 +2:02 Half time
Half Time The half-time whistle blows.40:14
Shot from just outside the box by Steven Gregory goes over the bar.37:41
Jack Midson fouled by Sido Jombati, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by George Francomb.35:14
Jack Midson takes a shot. Brilliant save by Scott Brown.30:35
Sido Jombati gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rashid Yussuff. Rashid Yussuff restarts play with the free kick.29:28
Headed effort from deep inside the area by Luke Moore misses to the right of the goal.28:39
George Francomb produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.25:12
Free kick awarded for a foul by Byron Harrison on Steve Elliott. Direct free kick taken by Scott Brown.24:14 Goal scored
Goal! - Marlon Pack - Wimbledon 0 - 1 Cheltenham Marlon Pack grabs a goal from outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. AFC Wimbledon 0-1 Cheltenham.22:55
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by George Francomb, clearance by Darren Carter.21:50
The official flags Chris Zebroski offside. Seb Brown restarts play with the free kick.19:31
Steven Gregory challenges Darren Carter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Billy Jones.16:49
Foul by Louis Harris on Russell Penn, free kick awarded. Marlon Pack takes the direct free kick.12:25
Byron Harrison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Lowe. Keith Lowe restarts play with the free kick.11:22
Shot from just outside the area by Darren Carter goes over the bar.8:25
Byron Harrison produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.8:05
Kaid Mohamed takes a shot. Blocked by Yado Mambo.5:46
The assistant referee flags for offside against Rashid Yussuff. Free kick taken by Scott Brown.2:02
Free kick awarded for a foul by Louis Harris on Chris Zebroski. Marlon Pack crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Yado Mambo.0:16
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yado Mambo by Chris Zebroski. Seb Brown takes the free kick.0:00
The game kicks-off.
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