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Gaffer: We have got to be up for the FA Cup!

2 November 2017

Manager Gary Johnson admits the Robins have got to be ‘up for the cup’ – as they prepare to face Maidstone United in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

Cheltenham Town welcome in-form Maidstone to the LCI Rail Stadium for the First Round tie.

Johnson’s men have impressed in recent league games, defeating Lincoln City at home and fighting back to gain a draw at Wycombe Wanderers.

However, the manager is well aware of the threat that the Stones possess and has warned his players they must be ready to stand up and be counted this weekend to avoid any upset.

“I’m always excited by the FA Cup," he said. "I’ve had some good little runs as a manager in the competition so I always look forward to it.

“It’s a chance to put the league on hold for a little bit and hope we can get through a few rounds and get a big game and a big pay day in the Third Round.

“They say you've got to be  ‘up for the cup’ - and you really have got to be that. Otherwise you can get beaten by anyone, as we have seen over the years.

“If you’re not up for it you can get beaten by lower league sides. If you are up for it, then people will see that in your performance.

“Most supporters will want to see you do well and try to get a big team down to Whaddon Road.

“Maidstone will see us a scalp, we're the league club, and we have got to make sure we are not,” he added.

“We were last year against Sutton, little did we know they would go on and play Arsenal in the later rounds. They did very well.

“We have got to make sure we don’t slip up. We won’t disrespect Maidstone because they are the form team in the National League.

“I know some of their players, I’ve worked with them, so I know they are a dangerous opposition. We have got to be ready for them.”

Tickets for the Emirates FA Cup tie are available from the Ticket Office  between 10am and 3pm on Thursday and Friday and online by clicking HERE 


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