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Gaffer expects desire and commitment at Exeter

1 April 2018

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Manager Gary Johnson admits he is looking forward to seeing the ‘desire and commitment’ from his Robins when they make the Easter Monday trip to St James Park to face Exeter City (kick-off 3pm).

Cheltenham will be looking to bounce back in the right manner after a narrow defeat to Carlisle on Good Friday and maintain the high standards of recent away days. 

In the last month the Robins have drawn with promotion chasing Luton Town and impressed in emphatic victories over Crawley Town and Swindon Town.

However, Johnson knows his team face a stern examination against a strong Exeter side just outside the automatic promotion places and hurting from a Good Friday loss to Lincoln City.

"Exeter lost their last game so they are going to need to keep going otherwise they might find themselves falling out of the play-offs so I am sure they will be up for it,” he said.

"They have got some quality players there, but I am looking forward to it because they are a decent team and Paul Tisdale has done great.

"They have been desperate to get up and into the next level. They have always fell just short.

"We have got to make sure we spoil any party they want to have on the day. We are going there professionally to pick up three points. 

"We have to pick the right team for the right occasion and go there to win the game,” he added.

"There is only a couple of days turnaround to get the players ready, but the opposition have had the same.

"We'll see the desire and commitment of our lads when we go away from home. Exeter have got to come at us so we will see how it pans out.

"It’s another opportunity for players to show they want to stick around and be a part of the future here.

"If they think that they are one of the ones that I am not including in my plans for next year then they might want to put in a performance.”

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