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Gaffer: It's time to back-up Luton display

5 March 2018


Gaffer: It's time to back-up Luton display

5 March 2018

Manager Gary Johnson acknowledges his team must do all they can to back-up the performance against league leaders Luton Town when they face Notts County at the LCI Rail Stadium on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Robins face the Magpies in a rearranged Sky Bet League Two encounter - after the original clash on Saturday afternoon was postponed by the snow and sub-zero conditions.

Johnson is full of praise for Notts County and the knows the size of the task facing his team.

But he believes if they can replicate the kind of display they produced at Kenilworth Road then they will go a long way to picking up crucial league points.

"We've got to try and back up the Luton performance," he said. "I felt the Lincoln game was okay and Wycombe was disappointing, but Luton was very good.

"If we can get at least one win and a draw in the next couple of games then that will be not a bad sequence of results against the top teams.

"We've got to try and take advantage of Notts County's away form. They have drawn a lot, although they won their last game comfortably and looked strong again. They will be looking to get their place back near the top of the table again.

"The Luton game was important for us and we need to follow that up with that frame of mind and mentality again.

"Notts County are going to be there or thereabouts come the end of the season," he added. "If they get to the play-offs then no team will particularly want to play them because they are a strong unit."

Johnson has also pinpointed combatting the dual threat of Shola Ameobi and Jon Stead as crucial on Tuesday evening.

"They have a lot of experience in that team and Ameobi is quick and Stead is very clever. They are both very good target men," he said.

"They know where each other are, so the little flicks work, they go up the channels and they always cause a problem.

"They have just gone back to a 4-4-2 with those two up top. Whether they keep that we don't know yet. We will see what tactic they use."

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