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Boss: Wycombe would be good scalp to claim

26 October 2017

Manager Gary Johnson expects a huge challenge when Cheltenham face Wycombe Wanderers - but wants his Robins to reproduce the kind of battling performance that reaped rewards against Lincoln.

Johnson's men head to Adams Park on Saturday to face a Wycombe side that has impressed in Sky Bet League Two this season and find themselves in the play-off places. 

The Robins also go in high spirits after a battling 1-0 win over Lincoln City - courtesy of Danny Wright's first half strike.

But Johnson knows the size of the challenge awaiting Cheltenham - with a number of familiar faces in the Wycombe line-up.

He said: "Wycombe are going very well and they are always there or thereabouts.

"My old mate Ade Akinfenwa is a lovely fella and he is the Beast, as he calls himself.

"He was great to work with at Northampton, a fantastic personality, and he is a very good player. He's unbelievably strong and good in the air.

"We know Browny (Scott Brown) kicks it a mile too and there are going to be a lot of challenges.

"We are going to have to be up for it and it will be a good scalp if we can get it."

Johnson could recall fit-again midfield pair Harry Pell and Nigel Atangana as he looks to increase competition in the squad.

"Every one of the players put in a fantastic stint and a great effort against Lincoln," he said. "That is what we have to do if we going to get anywhere near the play-offs.

"I was really pleased with the performance and the mentality of the lads. They looked like they wanted to win that game.

"We want to create competition in the squad," he added. "In the last game Boyley (Will Boyle) came in and did a fantastic job. He was unlucky to be left out originally, but he came back and showed what he can do.

"We've got create that competition, if the lads can handle it, because not everyone can handle being left out of the team.

"As a manager you have to look after the squad and try and make them all feel important, so that when they do come back in they know you still respect them as part of your squad."

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