Cheltenham Town are looking for a return to winning ways ahead of a big week of Sky Bet League Two action as Cambridge United arrive at the LCI Rail Stadium on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.45pm).
Gary Johnson’s men – currently 16th in the division - are looking to bounce back from defeat at league leaders Notts County on Saturday and secure a confidence boosting win ahead of derby day this weekend.
Cambridge and manager Shaun Derry are also eager for a response after a 7-0 away defeat at Luton at the weekend left them in 14th spot – three points ahead of the Robins.
Cambridge assistant manager Joe Dunne admits Cambridge United cannot allow themselves to dwell on their heavy defeat to Luton Town last time out.
it was the U’s biggest defeat in the Football League - a surprising stat given that the club has secured nine clean sheets this season.
“Our clean sheet record has been good so far this season and you go into Luton on the back of that feeling you can stay strong," said Dunne. “Most people in the game would look at that and think ‘wow, how has that happened to Cambridge?’
“Even the best can concede goals on some days. It’s never nice when it happens, it’s not great for us but you have to move on, we have to take whatever criticism comes our way and what criticism has come our way and be brave enough now to go on and do something about it.
“There’s still time available and results available good and bad,” he added. “The difficulty is the emotion is still raw from Saturday. We fully understand that, but we need to change that mind-set quickly and get back on the winning trail.
“We need to be brave enough to park that; we can’t dwell on it and we must respond to it.”
Cheltenham team news: Striker Brian Graham will be assessed after missing the defeat at Notts County with a hamstring issue. Goalkeeper Jon Flatt (elbow) and striker Freddie Hinds (illness) could also come into consideration. Kevin Dawson is suspended while Jordan Cranston, Jaanai Gordon and Jordon Forster remain long-term injury casualties.
Cambridge team news: The U’s were without the strike-force of Jabo Ibehre and Uche Ikpeazu for the heavy defeat to Luton. However, Ikpeazu is now expected to return after serving his one game ban. Ade Azeez remains the only other injury concern for the U's.
The man in the middle:
Oxfordshire referee John Busby – who has taken charge of 19 games this season and handed out 54 yellow cards and three red cards - will take charge of the league clash at the LCI Rail Stadium. He will be assisted by Andrew Laver, Christopher Kidd and fourth official Joe Clark.
Last time we met:
18/03/17 – Cheltenham 0-1 Cambridge United (L2)
26/11/16 – Cambridge United 3-1 Cheltenham (L2)
14/04/15 – Cheltenham 3-1 Cambridge United (L2)
21/10/14 – Cambridge United 1-2 Cheltenham (L2)
22/02/05 – Cambridge United 1-0 Cheltenham (L2)
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