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Boss urges Robins to maintain standards

28 September 2017

Manager Gary Johnson has urged his players to be aware of the threat that Chesterfield will pose this weekend - and avoid any hangover from the highs of defeating Mansfield in midweek.

The Robins travel to Derbyshire to face a Chesterfield side who are set to be under a new manager by the time the game starts at the Proact Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm). 

And Johnson – who celebrated his birthday ahead of the clash - knows his Cheltenham team are likely to face a Chesterfield side eager to impress.

“They were a league higher recently and are a decent team,” he said. “They are going through a patch, we were in one earlier on this season, but you come through it eventually.

“Nobody ends the season on four or five points and there are games that they will pick up points – we have got to make sure it’s not against us.

“We go into the game confident in what we are doing, but we can’t rest on our laurels,” he added.

“Sometimes you can have a good birthday, a good training session, a good game, but there is still a long way to go – we say that after defeats and wins.

“The lads have put in what I felt was a top class performance, especially in the second half against Mansfield when we stepped it up a gear and lived up to the expectations in my head.”

Meanwhile, Johnson spoke for the first team about Jaanai Gordon’s ACL and LCL knee injury that will rule him out for the rest of the campaign.

“It is a long process he faces. We were hoping it wouldn’t be as bad as it was,” admitted Johnson.

“You are gutted for the player because he’s just stated his Cheltenham career. He did really well when he came on against Colchester, showed his pace and power.

“He is only a young lad with lots of years ahead of him, so he need to make sure he rehabilitates well and comes back.

“Apart from that, we are looking okay and will monitor the squad; but there is enough depth in the squad to make changes.”


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