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We need a positive performance in Wales - Boss

6 November 2017

Manager Gary Johnson has urged his Robins to produce a positive performance and put the FA Cup exit behind them when they face Newport County in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Cheltenham Town travel to Wales and Rodney Parade for the game on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.30pm) as they look to bounce back from cup defeat.

The Robins cannot progress pass the group stages in the competition this season, after defeats to Swansea Under-23s and Forest Green Rovers.

But Johnson insists there is still much on the line as he looks for his players to show their true character and make amends before the weekend league clash with Luton Town.

“You’re always happy to have a game quickly because I don’t really want the last game with Maidstone United in my mind for too long and I don’t want it in the players,” he said.

“We have got to understand what happened and try and put it right.

“It’s a game (with Newport) where neither team can progress in the competition. But we have to use it to see some of the players who haven’t played recently to see if they can get into the first team.

“Because its Newport, and not an Under-23s side, it will give us a good gauge as to whether they are ready or not.

“Every game matters,” he added. “We know we can’t get through, but it’s not a dead rubber in terms of players needing to put in a performance. It becomes more important because of what happened on Saturday.

“The staff will be doing all we can to turn it around in a short space of time, but it comes from within as well with the players.

“You put a team out there to win the game and sometimes it’s the wrong team - after 25 minutes it looked that way on Saturday.

“We’ve got to put it behind us now and we’ve got to try and find a performance.”

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