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Boss relishing big derby day atmosphere

5 October 2017

Manager Gary Johnson admits the Robins are looking forward to a special derby day atmosphere when they face Swindon Town at the LCI Rail Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Cheltenham Town return to Sky Bet League Two action looking to extend a run of four games unbeaten that has seen them climb to 13th in the table.

And Johnson believes the stadium will be bouncing come kick-off with both sets of fans looking forward to the encounter.

“It’s very much a local derby,” said Johnson. “When we got the fixtures out this was one the fans looked for and will have been looking forward to watching.

“Swindon will think that too; it’s a close game for them up the motorway and they have sold their allocation of tickets already.

“It will be a great atmosphere. When the away support is loud and vociferous then our crowd compete, which is good.

“Players enjoy it, managers enjoy it and supporters enjoy big atmospheres. It’s nice that we are going to have one on Saturday.

“The league is our bread and butter, if you like, and where we have got to keep our winning run going.”

Johnson is also hopeful that striker Freddie Hinds will be fit to play his part after being taken off after his stunning strike in the midweek defeat to Forest Green Rovers.

“Freddie was struggling with a bit of a tight hamstring so we didn’t want to keep him out there and took him off as pre-caution,” he added.

“He scored a very good goal, but all the strikers know you’ve got to do a little bit more than just score a goal.

“I think at the moment they (the strikers) are trying to create a situation when they are a constant threat. We are still teaching them that a little bit.”

Tickets remain on sale NOW for the home clash with Swindon Town this Saturday. Click HERE to buy online, visit the TIcket Office during office hours or call 01242 573558 (option 1).

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