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Preview: Robins V Coventry

27 April 2018

Cheltenham Town face play-off chasing Coventry City in the final game of the Sky Bet League Two season at the LCI Rail Stadium on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

The Robins will be aiming to finish the home season on a high and record a victory after last weekend’s narrow loss to Cambridge United in a seven-goal thriller at the Abbey Stadium.

Coventry – who have lost three of their last five league games - have their sights firmly set on a place in the play-offs and know victories in the final two games will confirm that status.

Striker Mo Eisa grabbed a goal as Coventry ran out 2-1 winners when the two teams met at the Ricoh Arena in December.

The Opposition:

Coventry boss Mark Robins has demanded his team respond to defeat to Lincoln last time out when they face the Robins – after accusing his defenders of ‘throwing in the towel’ in midweek.

A 4-2 home defeat against play-off rivals Lincoln put a dent in Coventry’s promotion prospects to anger boss Robins.

“The performance, in conceding those four goals, was an absolute disgrace and I want a response from the players without a doubt,” he said.

“They’ve got to be more aggressive, show more determination. The supporters don’t expect to see that, they expect to see them going in and competing, winning headers.

“I just don’t understand it – it’s basic defending and we were poor, really poor. I’m really disappointed and really angry that we’ve thrown the towel in.

“They’ve got to show that they’re men, that they want this. This club has been starved of success – somebody was saying the other day that 71 points is the most the club’s ever achieved in a season – so we need to get the job done.

“We had three games to the end of the season and we needed four points. We can still do that – we’re three points in front with two games to go and other teams would be giving their high teeth for that.”

Team News:

Cheltenham: Manager Gary Johnson could recall midfielder Harry Pell after he missed the game at Cambridge United following dental surgery. He will also assess the fitness of midfielder Kevin Dawson who has been out of action since the away game at Exeter City.

Coventry City: Winger Jordan Maguire-Drew is getting closer to full match fitness but not yet in Coventry plans. French midfielder Tony Andreu is ruled out until next season.

The man in the middle:

Referee Antony Coggins will take charge of the final league clash at the LCI Rail Stadium this season. He has officiated 32 games this season, giving out 77 yellow cards and five red cards. He previously took charge of our away defeat at Morecambe on the opening day and home December draw with Newport County. His assistants are Andrew Newbold and Louis Marks, and the fourth official is Justin Amey.

Last time we met:          

16/12/17 – Coventry City 2-1 Cheltenham (L2)

Ticket Information:

Home Supporters:

Tickets are available from the Ticket Office on Friday between the hours of 10am and 3pm - for telephones sales and fans who visit in person. Please note, this game is not available online.  

Autovillage Main Stand: Only single seats remain in block B and we have limited seats in block A and C.

Colin Farmer Stand: Only single seats remain in Blocks 2 to 5. Block 1 sold out. Last few in Block 6. Please contact the TIcket Office for more information.

Speedy Skips Stand/Paddock: Tickets are available and will be on the turnstiles from 1.30pm on Saturday (cash only).

Away Supporters:

Away fans are advised that this game has SOLD OUT and no tickets will be available to purchase on matchday. Any away fans who attempt to enter the stadium with tickets in home areas will be refused entry or ejected.

Away supporters with tickets are advised that no flags or drums will be allowed in the Hazlewoods Stand due to the maximum capacity allocation for this fixture.

Car Park & Robin's Nest:

Fans are advised that the car park is now SOLD OUT and no more spaces are available on matchday.

The Robin's Nest bar will be open to all supporters but on a first come, first served basis. Once at capacity no further fans will be allowed in. Please arrive early to avoid any disappointment.

All fans are reminded that a full bag check will be in operation for this fixture. Please arrive early to avoid queues and ensure a safe and quick entry into the stadium. 

Enjoy your day at the LCI Rail Stadium!

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