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Preview: Robins V Coventry

27 April 2018

Cheltenham Town face play-off chasing Coventry City in the final game of the Sky Bet League Two season at the LCI Rail Stadium on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

The Robins will be aiming to finish the home season on a high and record a victory after last weekend’s narrow loss to Cambridge United in a seven-goal thriller at the Abbey Stadium.

Coventry – who have lost three of their last five league games - have their sights firmly set on a place in the play-offs and know victories in the final two games will confirm that status.

Striker Mo Eisa grabbed a goal as Coventry ran out 2-1 winners when the two teams met at the Ricoh Arena in December.

The Opposition:

Coventry boss Mark Robins has demanded his team respond to defeat to Lincoln last time out when they face the Robins – after accusing his defenders of ‘throwing in the towel’ in midweek.

A 4-2 home defeat against play-off rivals Lincoln put a dent in Coventry’s promotion prospects to anger boss Robins.

“The performance, in conceding those four goals, was an absolute disgrace and I want a response from the players without a doubt,” he said.

“They’ve got to be more aggressive, show more determination. The supporters don’t expect to see that, they expect to see them going in and competing, winning headers.

“I just don’t understand it – it’s basic defending and we were poor, really poor. I’m really disappointed and really angry that we’ve thrown the towel in.

“They’ve got to show that they’re men, that they want this. This club has been starved of success – somebody was saying the other day that 71 points is the most the club’s ever achieved in a season – so we need to get the job done.

“We had three games to the end of the season and we needed four points. We can still do that – we’re three points in front with two games to go and other teams would be giving their high teeth for that.”

Team News:

Cheltenham: Manager Gary Johnson could recall midfielder Harry Pell after he missed the game at Cambridge United following dental surgery. He will also assess the fitness of midfielder Kevin Dawson who has been out of action since the away game at Exeter City.

Coventry City: Winger Jordan Maguire-Drew is getting closer to full match fitness but not yet in Coventry plans. French midfielder Tony Andreu is ruled out until next season.

The man in the middle:

Referee Antony Coggins will take charge of the final league clash at the LCI Rail Stadium this season. He has officiated 32 games this season, giving out 77 yellow cards and five red cards. He previously took charge of our away defeat at Morecambe on the opening day and home December draw with Newport County. His assistants are Andrew Newbold and Louis Marks, and the fourth official is Justin Amey.

Last time we met:          

16/12/17 – Coventry City 2-1 Cheltenham (L2)

Ticket Information:

Home Supporters:

Tickets are available from the Ticket Office on Friday between the hours of 10am and 3pm - for telephones sales and fans who visit in person. Please note, this game is not available online.  

Autovillage Main Stand: Only single seats remain in block B and we have limited seats in block A and C.

Colin Farmer Stand: Only single seats remain in Blocks 2 to 5. Block 1 sold out. Last few in Block 6. Please contact the TIcket Office for more information.

Speedy Skips Stand/Paddock: Tickets are available and will be on the turnstiles from 1.30pm on Saturday (cash only).

Away Supporters:

Away fans are advised that this game has SOLD OUT and no tickets will be available to purchase on matchday. Any away fans who attempt to enter the stadium with tickets in home areas will be refused entry or ejected.

Away supporters with tickets are advised that no flags or drums will be allowed in the Hazlewoods Stand due to the maximum capacity allocation for this fixture.

Car Park & Robin's Nest:

Fans are advised that the car park is now SOLD OUT and no more spaces are available on matchday.

The Robin's Nest bar will be open to all supporters but on a first come, first served basis. Once at capacity no further fans will be allowed in. Please arrive early to avoid any disappointment.

All fans are reminded that a full bag check will be in operation for this fixture. Please arrive early to avoid queues and ensure a safe and quick entry into the stadium. 

Enjoy your day at the LCI Rail Stadium!

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Match Reports

REPORT: Robins 1-6 Coventry

28 April 2018

Cheltenham Town suffered their heaviest defeat of the season as promotion chasing Coventry City cruised to victory at the LCI Rail Stadium in the penultimate Sky Bet League Two match of 2017/18.

Needing a victory in their chase for the play-off places, the Sky Blues went ahead in the 12th minute as Tom Bayliss, who also netted in the reverse fixture, half-volleyed past Scott Flinders.

It was two in the 27th minute, as Jack Grimmer crossed for Marc McNulty to power a well-placed header into the top corner, before Shipley side-footed in a third after 38 minutes.

McNulty then lifted in a fourth one minute before the break, as a Joe Rodon mistake led to the striker being clean through to score his second, capping off a tough first half for the Robins.

Cheltenham did get one back after 57 minutes, as Mo Eisa won and then converted a penalty in front of the home end.

But an overhead kick from Max Biamou, set-up by McNulty made it five, before the Scotsman completed his hat-trick by curling into the top corner after 78 minutes to complete a miserable afternoon for Cheltenham.

Gary Johnson made three changes to the team that started in the seven-goal thriller at Cambridge, as Danny Wright, Rodon and Harry Pell came into the side.

Jordan Cranston, Taylor Moore and George Lloyd dropped out of the team and onto the bench, with the Robins lining up 4-4-2 for their final home game of the season.

The Robins won two free-kicks inside the fifth minute and from the second one, Eisa struck the set-piece straight at Lee Burge.

Some neat play at the other end saw Jordan Shipley play a dangerous low cross into Marc McNulty, but Will Boyle was on hand to clear under pressure, before Ilias Chatzitheodoridis bravely headed a second delivery wide for a corner.

A lovely chipped through-ball from Jerell Sellars released Eisa, but Burge made a smart save to keep the supporters’ and players’ player of the season out.

Then came the opening goal, as Cheltenham switched off from a free-kick and Shipley found Bayliss, who cushioned a half-volley past Flinders in the 12th minute to send the full-allocation of Coventry fans wild.

The hosts responded well, as Nigel Atangana’s deflected pass nearly reached Wright but Burge gathered at his feet.

Max Biamou then stretched to reach a cross, but his prodded attempt bobbled wide as the visitors pressed for a second, with Bayliss striking off target shortly afterwards.

Mark Robins’ side did double their advantage eventually though, as McNulty profited from a brilliant run and cross from Grimmer on the right-hand side – powering an unstoppable header into the top corner after 27 minutes.

McNulty held up another cross from the right in the 38th minute, and Shipley kept his head to covert a third for the Sky Blues, slotting into the bottom corner.

A good passage of play from Cheltenham then led to Atangana testing Burge, but a nightmare first-half wasn’t over before Rodon misjudged a long-ball and McNulty netted his second by lifting the ball over Flinders in the 44th minute.

Shipley fizzed a rasping drive from distance early in the second half, but Flinders did well to parry it away.

Cheltenham did have the chance to reduce the deficit in the 57th minute, as Eisa was clattered by Burge, resulting in a penalty for the hosts.

Eisa stepped up to net his first penalty of the campaign, sending Burge the wrong way for his 25th goal in all competitions.

Johnson’s side were playing better and with more confidence, as both Eisa and Wright volleyed wide inside the penalty box, the goal had certainly lifted spirits.

Half-time substitute Sanmi Odelusi’s deflected shot then fell for Eisa, who hit a dipping strike onto the roof of the net as the clocked ticket beyond the 70th minute.

On a rare flurry forward, McNulty crossed for Biamou to score with a spectacular overhead kick, which Flinders tried his best to get to but to no avail.

McNulty then bagged his third, running free on the left-hand side and curling into the top corner with an unstoppable shot to compound the Robins to their heaviest defeat of the season.

ROBINS: Flinders (Gk), Atangana, Pell, Wright, Winchester, Boyle, Sellars (Odelusi 46), Eisa, Morrell, Rodon (Grimes 46), Chatzitheodoridis. Subs not used: Lovett (Gk), Cranston, Andrews, Lloyd.

COVENTRY: Burge (Gk), Grimmer, Stokes, Willis, Kelly, Doyle, Biamou (Clarke-Harris 82), McNulty (Ponticelli 79), Davies, Shipley, Bayliss (Reid 77). Subs not used: O’Brien (Gk), Hyam, Haynes, Barrett.

REFEREE: Antony Coggins.

ATTENDANCE: 5,027 (1,541 from Coventry)

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Ticket News

Tickets for today: Coventry City

28 April 2018

Supporters are advised of the following ticketing arrangements for today's fixture with Coventry City in Sky Bet League Two (kick-off 3pm).

Home Supporters:

Autovillage Main Stand: Block B is SOLD OUT and we have limited seats in block A and C. These will be available on the turnstiles on matchday for cash purchasers.

Colin Farmer Stand: Blocks 1&6 are SOLD OUT. Only single seats remain in Blocks 2 to 5. These last few single seats will be available from the TIcket Office ONLY on matchday.

Speedy Skips Stand/Paddock: Tickets are available and will be on the turnstiles from 1.30pm on Saturday (cash only).

Away Supporters:

Away fans are advised that this game has SOLD OUT and no tickets will be available to purchase. Any away fans who attempt to enter the stadium with tickets in home areas will be refused entry or ejected.

Away supporters with tickets are advised that no flags or drums will be allowed in the Hazlewoods Stand due to the maximum capacity allocation for this fixture.

Car Park & Robin's Nest:

Fans are advised that the car park is now SOLD OUT and no more spaces are available.

The Robin's Nest bar will be open to all supporters but on a first come, first served basis. Once at capacity no further fans will be allowed in. Please arrive early to avoid any disappointment.

All fans are reminded that a full bag check will be in operation for this fixture. Please arrive early to avoid queues and ensure a safe and quick entry into the stadium. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the LCI Rail Stadium.

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