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In Focus: Stanley v. Robins

22 February 2013

Fan and columnist Murry Toms looks ahead to this weekend's League Two clash with Accrington Stanley.

Cheltenham Town this weekend will make the long trip north in search of their sixth away win at Accrington Stanley's Crown Ground.

Last weekend's draw against ten-man Aldershot saw Cheltenham drop to fifth, level on points with Burton Albion (53).

Stanley on the other hand slipped into the bottom two for the first time this season after a 2-0 defeat at Exeter City.

The Lancashire side were flirting with the play-offs back in October but it has steadily been downhill since then, winning only once in 2013.

That 1-0 win, over Chesterfield on New Year's day, is their sole success in 16 matches going into this weekend.

Accrington have struggled all season to score goals at the old Crown Ground, notching only 14 in total this term.

Manager Leam Richardson has responded by acquiring DR Congo international Amine Linganzi on a free transfer, and the former Blackburn Rovers midfielder could feature this weekend.

Richardson took over from former boss Paul Cook, who left the club to take over at Chesterfield back in October.

Cook had led Accrington to just eight victories in his 33 matches and lost his last four games.

At home Stanley have accumulated just four wins from 15 matches, losing seven (only Aldershot and Wimbledon, at the foot of the table, have lost more).

Accrington's second of four away wins came at the Abbey Business Stadium, when they inflicted Cheltenham's first defeat of the campaign by a 3-0 scoreline.

Padraig Amond, George Miller and Romuald Boco provided the goals back in September to claim fourth spot with victory.

The two sides have faced each other on three occasions in the league up north, Cheltenham winning the last two.

Jeff Goulding's strike on the stroke of half-time was enough to hand Mark Yates' side all the points last time around.

The former striker grabbed two in the 4-2 win back in 2010, Brian Smikle and Robin Shroot also making a contribution to the comfortable win.

The first encounter, the 4-0 reverse under former boss Martin Allen, is best filed under 'Shambles'.

Can Cheltenham build on that record, and the impressive 2-1 win at Southend United 10 days ago to secure the important result that could move them back into the automatic promotion places?

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