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Jones: Fans Can Play Their Part

17 April 2013

Robins left back Billy Jones discusses another big weekend for the Robins and his first return to St James Park.

Former Grecian Billy Jones will return to his former club for the very first time this weekend as Cheltenham take on Exeter.

The 29 year-old left back left Exeter in the summer following their relegation back down into npower League Two and he was immediately snapped up by Mark Yates in pre-season. Since then he has made 43 appearances and currently stands as the club's leading assist holder with 14.

Billy is looking forward to meeting up with some old friends this weekend but admitted that his entire focus was on winning the game for Cheltenham.

"It's tough with these sorts of games because you want to approach it in two ways," he said.

"I really enjoyed my time down there and I'll be seeing a few old faces which will be good but I'll be concentrating on the game and will be aiming to get maximum points.

"It could be a really good open game but hopefully we will come out on top. We'll probably leave the win ratio stat alone this week because it's important our focus is on working hard this week so we are prepared for the game."

The statistic Billy talks about is of course Cheltenham's 100% record against the Grecians. Seven matches and seven victories for Cheltenham Town since 1999 but statistics are of no interest to the Cheltenham Town players this week. They know what is at stake and how tough Exeter will be.

Paul Tisdale's side still have their eyes firmly focused on the play-offs this season as a route back into League One at the first time of asking but the clash with Cheltenham promises to be an entertaining game with an electric atmoshphere. That atmosphere will surely be helped by the decision to lay on free coach travel for all Robins supporters wanting to make the journey down the Devon this weekend.

Mark Yates stated this week that the fans were key to getting the victory over Gillingham last weekend and Billy believes the fans will need to play their part once again at St James Park.

"The fans could definitely play their part on Saturday because it could be a great day for us if we get what we need. 

"It's great that the Chairman has put on free coaches for the supporters because we want to take as many as we can down to St James Park to support us."

The match promises to be an entertaining affair with Cheltenham Town still very much in the hunt for automatic promotion. The win over former manager Martin Allen and his Gillingham side took many by surprise but not those within the corridors of the Abbey Business Stadium.

The foundation is there for the Robins to mount a real charge on the automatic promotion places and Billy believes the performance and result over the league leaders has gone long way into boosting the confidence amongst the squad although he revealed the squad were determined to bring their home form away with them.

"It was a good performance and result but we needed that off the back of the Plymouth result," he admitted.

"We were looking for a positive response from everyone and I think we got that and thoroughly deserved the win. We worked just as hard as we always do but the fact that they were coming to claim the title and Martin Allen was making his return - there were lots of little things that added to the day itself. First and foremost we needed the result and we did what we needed to do well.

"Our home form has been great and we will be doing everything we can to adapt that mental attitude this weekend. 

"Someone said the other day that we have only lost two home league games this season and that is a great record for us to have but it's important we take that into the game against Exeter. We will work hard all week, as we normally do, and if we have the right attitude then it will give us a good chance of getting the three points we need."

Everything is in place for another exciting end to the npower League Two season and Cheltenham Town have once again confirmed a play-off position if all else fails.

The division has been incredibly tight this season with many teams falling far short of their aims and predictions but the Robins still have much to play for and Billy admitted the guarantee of another path to promotion will ultimately aid the Robins in their hunt for a place in the top three.

"A guaranteed playoff place does take the weight off a little but the aim when we first came in on the first day of pre-season training was to win promotion," said Billy.

"If that happens via the play-offs then great but we're also in contention for automatic promotion and we must do everything we can to maintain the push."

If you want to support the players down at St James Park this weekend then don't forget you can obtain FREE coach travel from the ticket office right now and you can also buy your match tickets in advance right now. For travel and ticket information for this match, click here.

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