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Gaffer: We must manage emotions in FGR clash

23 November 2017

Manager Gary Johnson has urged his Robins to produce a professional display and channel emotions in the right way when they face Forest Green Rovers on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Cheltenham make the short journey to Nailsworth to face the club's local rivals in a highly anticipated Sky Bet League Two clash.

The Robins will be backed by almost 1,000 travelling fans and Johnson is expecting a cauldron of noise and a big match atmosphere at the New Lawn.

However, he admits his players must manage all those factors to ensure they perform on the big stage.

"You don't get any extra points for this game, but it obviously takes on more significance against a local rival," he said.

"You have got to be careful that you don't get too excited and that your game goes away, with sendings off and things like that.

"You need to be professional and make sure you win it for the fans and for local bragging rights.

"I was really pleased that they (FGR) came up and it gives us some local derby fixtures to look forward to in front of full houses," he added.

"It's always been a big game to me and we have always kept an eye on them and their results. You obviously hope your local rivals drop points and you pick them up.

"The supporters are very keen for us to get a result and I know the Chairman is too. We know it's a big game and we will treat it accordingly.

"We have got 1,000 people coming to support us - let's hope it doesn't rain with no covering for them!

"I'm looking forward to the atmosphere and we have got to do well for the fans who are going to support us."

Johnson also revealed positive injury news with Mo Eisa, an unused substitute in midweek, set to return and Carl Winchester and Brian Graham both being monitored ahead of a potential playing comeback.

"Mo is fine," said Johnson. "He will train today and we needed to give him a few days break. He will be flying.

"I think Winny will be okay after his slight calf issue. We took him off as a pre-caution against Cambridge.

"Brian Graham we will look at this morning too. We will pick our team tomorrow and leave it to the last minute so we can get everyone out there."

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