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Gaffer wants Robins to use City display as inspiration

21 December 2017


Gaffer wants Robins to use City display as inspiration

21 December 2017

Manager Gary Johnson wants his Robins to use Bristol City’s Carabao Cup heroics to inspire them over the busy festive period.

City dumped Manchester United out of the cup in midweek with Johnson in the crowd to watch his son’s team upset the holders.

Cheltenham and Bristol City have strong links – with the trio of Taylor Moore, Freddie hinds and Joe Morrell all currently on loan.

And Johnson admits the close links between the two clubs could mean the cup result is inspirational to his Robins.

“I’m sure the Taylor, Freddie and Joe are buzzing for their mates,” said Johnson. “They were at the game and it was a fantastic night against Europe’s finest.

“It can be very inspirational too. A lot of the things they (Bristol City) do are what I try and do. It is a different level, but it is all relative.

“Our mentality, philosophy and tactics are supposed to be the same and that is what we are trying to achieve.

“Some of the lads go and watch them (Bristol City), watch them on TV and we always discuss it, especially as it is a team close to us with three of the lads here.”

Cheltenham head to London on Saturday to face Barnet at The Hive Stadium – and Johnson is adamant his team will not underestimate the size of the challenge.

“We won’t take Barnet lightly,” he said. “I was on my hospital bed the last time we played them and it nearly killed me. It was a poor performance even though we went 1-0 up.

“We have got to make sure we get that game last season out of our heads, and mine, and go there and get a result.

“We need a result for the supporters so they come in on Boxing Day and December 30. We want them in to support the boys during the two home games.

“Hopefully they will keep with us because you have got to win three or four on the trot to be where you want to be.

“That’s not impossible, but every loss now is another game you have got to win in a sequence. We need that next win very quickly.

“We’ve got to get back on the horse and get going again – we need to pick up a result,” he added.

“A few wins on the trot and you find yourself quite near where you want to be.

“We’ve got ideas and targets for January, but our focus is now on Barnet.

“Every game is difficult game and every team that you play, whether they are fighting or top of the league, is inconsistent, and we are the same.”

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