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Gaffer: We must face leaders with no fear

16 November 2017


Gaffer: We must face leaders with no fear

16 November 2017

Manager Gary Johnson has called on his Robins to go and play without fear when they face league leaders Notts County.

Cheltenham head to Meadow Lane to face Notts County in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

Johnson is full of praise for the way Kevin Nolan's team have performed and shot to the top of the table this season with an undefeated home record.

However, he has reminded his team about their own performances against the top sides - with impressive fightbacks in recent games with Luton Town and Wycombe Wanderers.

"Notts County haven't lost at home in the league so we know it will be a difficult game," said Johnson.

"They have got together an experienced team at this level, the same as Luton, and they started well and have kept that going.

"They have a good squad so any injuries they get they can bring in quality players.

"Most of the bookies will have them as the favourites so we can go there as underdogs and look to muck up a few coupons.

"I think we are actually ahead of Notts County in the form table for the last eight games, as far as points are concerned.

"I will show that to the lads and tell them to believe that we can get a result.

"We have done well against the top sides this season and I will remind the players of that fact. We must not fear anything and go there to play our game."

Johnson has also backed defender Daniel O'Shaughnessy to rise to the challenge as he looks to replace long-term injury victim Jordan Cranston in the line-up.

"I'm pleased for Dan to get this chance, because he has been unlucky because of Jordan's good form," he added.

"He has worked hard, got his head down and has not been knocking on my door every other day.

"He's gone about his work quietly and what I have noticed in the reserve games, as well as first team games he has played, is that he puts all his effort in.

"I'm pleased he has got this chance for him, it's up to him now to have a good second part of the season to keep his place."

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