Cheltenham manager Mark Yates paid tribute to his side's "determination" after they secured a point against promotion-chasing Bournemouth.

The goalless draw enabled the Robins to edge six points clear of Grimsby, who occupy the second relegation spot.

"Our spirit and determination shone through," said Yates. "It was a 'dig-in' sort of performance and we deserved our share of the spoils."

Yates reserved special praise for skipper Michael Townsend.

"Michael won his battle with Pitman and Fletcher at the back and drove his team-mates on with a real captain's performance," added the Robins boss.

Cheltenham's battling qualities made it a frustrating afternoon for Bournemouth, who continue to splutter in front of their own supporters.

The Cherries have taken only 11 points out of a possible 27 at Dean Court since mid-October.

"We didn't do enough to win," conceded manager Eddie Howe. "We were sluggish coming out of the traps and though we were the only attacking side in the second half, we flattered to deceive.

"Our crossing was poor and our football simply didn't flow."

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