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Gaffer: Play with pride for final home game

26 April 2018


Gaffer: Play with pride for final home game

26 April 2018

Manager Gary Johnson insists his Robins ‘owe it to the league’ to go out all guns blazing on home soil when they face play-off chasing Coventry City at the LCI Rail Stadium on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

Coventry will arrive for the clash eager to cement a place in the promotion chasing places in Sky Bet League Two.

Johnson knows the visitors will have plenty to pay for, but insists his side will also be determined to perform and send the home faithful away for the summer happy.

“It’s a big game for them and we owe it to the league that we are still competitive,” said Johnson. ”Our pride won’t allow us to go out with anything else.

“We have worked hard on Coventry’s game at Lincoln and they need a win against us. We don’t really want to be at Whaddon Road with a party going on in the opposition.

“Mark Robins has done a great job and I’m sure they’ll end up getting promoted, but we hope it is not this week.

“Coventry are a bigger name than their league status at the moment, but Mark seems to have settled it all down a little bit.

“He is still as feisty as he was as a player and he lets his players know, as we all do, when he is not happy.

“We have got to prepare properly to face a Coventry team who are in the play-off positions and want to stay there.

“The team they have is more geared to playing attacking football, that is what has got them in the position they are in.

“I’m sure they won’t change that too much and they will try and put us under pressure with their football.”

The game will be the first on home soil since the home defeat to Forest Green Rovers and Johnson is hopeful his Robins will take the opportunity to make amends.

“We all get upset with defeats, all of us, and certainly a defeat against your local rivals,” he added. “But that is gone and we will live to fight another day.

“In football what goes around comes around and you will always get that next opportunity.”

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