Izzet Scores Debut Goal

Muzzy Izzet

Steve Bruce gave debuts to three of his summer signings in Izzet, Mario Melchiot and Julian Gray in a game watched by more than 4,000 fans at the Robins Whaddon Road ground.

Izzet gave Blues a first half lead, latching on to a Mikael Forsell flick-on from a Julian Gray left wing cross to fire home from six yards out on 16 minutes.

Cheltenham's equaliser came 18 minutes from time when David Bird's long throw was flicked-on by Damien Spencer for Kayode Odejayi to score with a header past Blues' substitute keeper Nico Vaesen.

CHELTENHAM TOWN: Higgs; Gill (Gallinagh, 82), Brough (S.Duff, 46), Taylor (Caines 77), Victory (Thompson, 86); Vincent (Spencer, 62), Ward (Fyfe, 46), Bird, Finnigan, McCann; Guinan (Odejayi, 53). Other sub: Brown

BLUES: Taylor (Vaesen, 46); Melchiot (John 61), Upson, Taylor, Clapham; Johnson, Izzet (Cisse, 61), Clemence (Carter,61), Gray; Dunn (Motteram, 77), Forsell (Morrison, 61). Subs Not Used: Cunningham, Lazaridis.