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We must get away strategy right - Gaffer

14 December 2017

Manager Gary Johnson admits he is looking forward to being sent to Coventry this weekend – as the Robins look to rectify the club’s recent away record.

The Robins have won just once way from home in Sky Bet League Two this season – a 2-0 win at Chesterfield.

Johnson acknowledges that record has to improve if the club has serious play-off aspirations.

But he also believes there would be no better way to turn the tide than at the Ricoh Arena.

“We have talked all this week about a strategy away from home,” he said.

“We have haven’t lost in five and it is not an easy league to get away wins. But if we want to get up that table we have got to start picking up points away.

“We have had a good chat about it, as we have done all season. Sometimes when you keep getting hit around the head with a stick you have to duck and change it. We might need to look at a change of strategy.”

Coventry go into the game in seventh spot – five points ahead of the Robins – but after a disappointing away defeat at Morecombe last weekend.

However, there is no chance that Johnson will allow his players to take Coventry lightly.

“I’ve always enjoyed going to Coventry, I have a good feeling about the place. If we do get a win it is a very good scalp for us,” he said.

“We are not writing them off. Mark Robins is a good manager who wears his heart on his sleeve and says it as it is.

“That is his management style – we must have gone to the same school of management. He will get it going.

“It needed a strong arm and he has gone in, won the Checkatrade Trophy and has some good players. But like all clubs, it depends on who is injured and who is available.

“They have a dangerous team. He was very disappointed with last week (against Morecombe) so I am sure he will have got into them.

“It is a wounded animal and we will have to wait and see what team he puts out.”

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