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Gaffer: Robins must step up to the plate at Imps

12 February 2018


Gaffer: Robins must step up to the plate at Imps

12 February 2018

Manager Gary Johnson has told his Robins to be prepared to ‘step up the plate’ when they face Lincoln City on Tuesday night in Sky Bet League Two (kick-off 7.45pm).

Cheltenham make the trip north buoyed by a five-star show over Port Vale last weekend.

But Johnson is acutely aware of the challenge ahead against a side that he acknowledges have performed well in all competitions this season.

"Lincoln are a side that you have to battle with - especially when you go there,” he said. “They have some warriors in their team and they don't mind going forward quickly with support runners.

"They have done well in every competition and they are as competitive in the dug-out as they are on the pitch. I do respect the Cowleys for what they had done.

“They have had a few fantastic years and we have to be ready for the battle.

"They have some very good footballers too. They don't just win games by breaking up the opposition tactics. They have quality.

"They are busy and work hard, so we don't disrespect them at all. We have got to play out own game and players have got to step up to the plate in games like this.

"It will be interesting to see how the boys react to a team that is probably the best in the league at doing what they do.

"The fans there will make a noise, so we have got to use that. The noisier it is hopefully the better and more competitive you become.

"Our away support, to be fair, make their voices heard to and credit to them because they have been all over the country so far.”

"I'm looking forward to this game,” he added. “We have a sequence of games that will show where we are and if we have improved or not.

“On Saturday we worked really hard; the work rate was fantastic and that is what won the game. It was that that demoralised the opposition.

“We also took most of our chances and if you do that you win football matches at this level. Every time we attacked we seemed to have an opportunity.”

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