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In Focus: Pilgrims v. Robins

5 April 2013

Supporter & columnist Murry Toms looks ahead to this weekend's trip down to Home Park.

Easter Monday's impressive victory over high-flying Northampton Town saw Mark Yates' side reclaim fourth spot, level on points with the Cobblers ahead of tomorrow's trip to Devon.

Yesterday the manager challenged his players to return 12 points from their final four matches, starting with the meeting at Plymouth Argyle tomorrow afternoon.

John Sheridan's side are one of at least eight sides looking over their shoulders at the League Two drop zone, but this game will not be easy.

Relegation rivals York City surprisingly ended the Pilgrims' three-match winning run on Easter Monday, angering boss John Sheridan who immediately branded tomorrow's match as "must-win".

As a result of that defeat, courtesy of York's first win in 17 matches, they find themselves drawn back into the basement scrap and sit just a place and a point above the line.

On the whole though, their current form must be respected after recent wins over Southend United, Fleetwood Town and arch rivals Exeter City.

They had only been beaten once, at league leaders Gillingham, in their previous seven matches leading up to defeat at Bootham Crescent four days ago.

They have performed slightly better at home this season, winning seven and drawing seven of their 21 matches at Home Park.

Three of those wins, plus a draw have come in their last four matches at Home Park.

Cheltenham on the other hand will be anxious to end the season well on the road after winning only five matches away from the Abbey Business Stadium.

Yates' team has not won in five matches on the road since defeating Southend United on February 12.

Tomorrow will be the sixth time Cheltenham have made the journey south to Devon, their third longest of the campaign.

They scored their first win last year, winning 2-1 in the end-of-season dead rubber thanks to goals by Steve MacLean and Marlon Pack.

But before that Plymouth had made home advantage count in three of the four contests between the pair in Devon.

So another tough contest in prospect, but third place is within reach. In contrast the Pilgrims could jump five places with victory.

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