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PREVIEW: Cheltenham Town v Coventry City - Robins' side look to secure play-off spot

City head to Whaddon Road...

27 April 2018

The Sky Blues head to Cheltenham's Whaddon Road as they look to put themselves within touching distance of the play-off places.

Mark Robins' side will also be looking to bounce back from Tuesday night's 2-4 defeat at home to Lincoln City, a game that saw City twice pull back level.

Cheltenham's Gary Johnson has a number of late fitness tests to carry about before this one after his side picked up a number of knocks in their 4-3 defeat to Cambridge last time out.

His side sit sixteenth in SkyBet League Two and have picked up just three wins from their last 12 games.

Mark Robins has Jordan Maguire-Drew back for selection after he featured for the U23s side in the week. Robins still remains without Tony Andreu (ACL), Jodi Jones (ACL), Carl Baker (calf) and Peter Vicenti.

THE OPPONENTS

Mohamed Eisa will be Cheltenham's main threat at the Whaddon Road. The Sudanese forward has scored 22 goals this season since joining from Greenwich Borough in the summer.

Northern Ireland international Carl Winchester was another summer signing. The midfielder has featured all over the park for the Robins all season.

Jamie Grimes isn't shy of goals from defence. The Swansea Academy graduate joined from Dover in the summer after 77 appearances for the Whites.

MANAGER'S WORDS

Robins: "The next two aren't going to be easy. Gary Johnson is a really experienced manager and he will want to see this season out well. Every team we come up against raise their game and tomorrow will be no different to that."

Johnson: “We have got to prepare properly to face a Coventry team who are in the play-off positions and want to stay there. The team they have is more geared to playing attacking football, that is what has got them in the position they are in. I’m sure they won’t change that too much and they will try and put us under pressure with their football.”

Robins: "We have a brilliant support, we know that, and we want to send them home happy at the end of this season. We have got a great chance to get to a final at Wembley."

Johnson: “Mark Robins has done a great job and I’m sure they’ll end up getting promoted, but we hope it is not this week. Coventry are a bigger name than their league status at the moment, but Mark seems to have settled it all down a little bit. He is still as feisty as he was as a player and he lets his players know, as we all do, when he is not happy."

CHELTENHAM AT HOME

L - 0-1 v Forest Green Rovers

W - 3-0 v Morecambe

L - 0-1 v Carlisle United

D - 1-1 v Chesterfield

D - 1-1 v Notts County

- 0-2 Wycombe Wanderers

 


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