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27 January 2024 Venue Pride Park Stadium Attendance

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Report and reaction: Derby County 2-1 Robins

27 January 2024

The Robins put on a strong showing against promotion chasing Derby County but fell the wrong side of a 2-1 scoreline.

Liam Sercombe put the Robins ahead at Pride Park but goals from Max Bird and James Collins earned the three points for the hosts.

After the defeat, manager Darrell Clarke said:

"The overriding emotion again is frustration. It's a blatant penalty for me but I was also frustrated with how we defended the set-piece.

"We've got a good honest group but can they raise those quality levels, can they manage situations better. Individually and collectively we have to be better at that."

It was the Robins who came out the blocks the fastest and brought Rams keeper Josh Vickers straight into action after just three minutes.

Some determined running down the left flank from George Lloyd saw him find Sercombe in the area, but his effort was beaten away by the Derby shot stopper.

Clarke's side continued to press and probe the Derby defence and had another chance on 20 minutes when Rob Street and Sean Long's hard work won the ball in the area.

Sercombe this time had his own sight at goal, but his delicately chipped effort was held by Vickers.

The hosts began to get hold of posession and had their first sight at goal not long after when Nathaniel Mendez-Laing's corner was headed over at the near post by striker James Collins.

The rest of the opening 45 saw little else action, with Eiran Cashin's looping header landing on the roof of the net five minutes before the break.

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Into the second half and just five minutes after the restart the Robins went ahead, with Sercombe finding the net and his seventh of the season.

Captain Long made his way into the area before picking out the midfielder, whose deflected effort rolled past Vickers into the bottom left corner.

Just moments later and the Robins had a massive appeal for a penalty waved away by referee Leigh Doughty.

Defender Louie Sibley looked to have brought down Lloyd in the area but the referee's decision was made, and it proved costly minutes later.

It was Max Bird who was on hand to whip the ball into the back of the net from a crafty set-piece to level the scores on the hour mark.

Sercombe came almightily close to a second just moments after when an incredible acrobatic effort had to be saved on the stretch by Vickers.

And as the clash looks destined to finish one a piece, the hosts snatched the three points 10 minutes from time as Collins volleyed home from inside the area to send the Robins home empty handed once again.

DERBY COUNTY (4-4-1-1): Vickers; Wilson, Nelson, Cashin, Sibley; Mendez-Laing, Hourihane (C) (Bradley 64), Bird, Blackett-Taylor (Thompson 64); Barkhuizen (Fornah 64); Collins. Subs not used: Wildsmith (Gk), Ward, Fapetu, Robinson

CHELTENHAM TOWN (3-5-2): Southwood; A.Smith, Davies, Freestone; Long (C), Sercombe (Kinsella 65), Pett (Thompson 77), Bonds (Harrop 65), Ferry (Butler-Oyedeji 85); Lloyd, Street (Keena 46). Subs not used: Pardington (Gk), L.Smith

REFEREE: L Doughty

ATTENDANCE: 27,040 (712 from Cheltenham)

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel for Derby County

8 January 2024

Tickets and travel for our away clash with Derby County later this month are now available online and from the ticket office.

The Robins round off a busy January with a trip to Pride Park on Saturday 27th January (3:00PM), the second of two away fixtures in a week.

Derby have allocated Cheltenham supporters seats in the South East Corner.

Regular seating is available in the South East Corner Lower and Safe Standing is available in the South East Corner Upper. No standing is permitted in the Lower Blocks.

Any tickets not collected from the Completely-Suzuki Stadium by 3pm on Friday 26th January will be taken to Pride Park for collection on the day from the ticket office located on the Toyota West Stand.

This game is an all ticket fixture, and there will be strictly NO sales on the day to Cheltenham Town supporters

Ticket prices for this game are as follows:



Senior (65+)


Young Adult (18-21)


Junior (13-17)


Child (6-12)


Infant (2-5)


Infants must be purchased as part of a pair with a parent/guardian aged 18 or above. Any child aged 15 & under must be accompanied by someone aged 18 or above, and children aged under two years will not be permitted entry to the stadium.

Derby operate regular concession checks at the turnstiles, and any supporter asked for ID who fails to show it will be refused entry.  They will not offer upgrades to any supporter found to be using a match ticket with the incorrect age band.

Disabled parking is available for those supporters with a Blue Badge, and can be booked with Derby directly on 01332 667528, or e-mail These are allocated on a first come first served basis, must be booked no later than 24 hours before the match and cost £10 per space.

Travel Club Information:

The Official CTFC Travel Club will depart the Completely-Suzuki Stadium for Pride Park at 10:30AM.

Non Members - £20

Members - £16

Young Robins - £8

By purchasing tickets you agree to the terms and conditions of travel, which can be found here.

If you do not collect your match tickets in advance they will be left with the on board steward for collection.

Please note that seating plans are drawn up in advance and changes on the day may not be possible. If you have specific seating requests please e-mail the Ticket Office with details.

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