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Gaffer: We must prepare for battle with Cambridge

20 November 2017

Manager Gary Johnson has urged his Robins to prepare to go into battle - as he faces his former club Cambridge United at the LCI Rail Stadium on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

Cheltenham are looking to bounce back from a 3-1 defeat to league leaders Notts County as they begin a spell of crucial fixtures against teams around them in the Sky Bet League Two table.

However, Johnson knows that Cambridge will also be hurting and keen to make amends after a 7-0 loss at Luton last weekend.

"I don't think you can read too much into Cambridge's result with Luton - except they won't turn up happy," he said.

"They are going to need to put that result behind them quickly. I know the manager and he won't have taken that lightly and will have got into them the last few days.

"It will be a battle and we have got to ready for that. We have got to make sure we win the game and I would settle for a one goal win.

"We do our homework on every team and have the information we need. Nothing changes because it is my old club.

"A lot has changed since I was there. The board has changed and I imagine all the young supporters who have now grown up don't even remember me.

"I keep an eye on their results and Shaun (Derry) has certainly gone in there and livened it all up a bit. The crowds are growing there too."

Reflecting on the defeat in Nottingham, Johnson is hoping his Robins have learnt the lessons.

"We went to Notts County feeling we had a chance and the way the game went we felt we had chances," he added.

"They deserved the result, I'm not saying that, but at certain points in the game, especially just after half-time, we hd opportunies to go 2-1 up.

"They put us under pressure and put lots of crosses in to test us. Generally we defended well, but when we didn't it led to goals. We were just short of doing the right thing and it has cost us."

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