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Press Conference | Pre Cheltenham

Russell Slade talks to the press ahead of Tuesday's trip to Whaddon Road.

16 October 2017

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Firstly the Town boss assessed Saturday’s nil-nil draw with Crawley Town.

“It was a stalemate. I would like to see more goals - of course I would. But we are stable, we are resolute, we are not easy to beat, but we need to show a little bit more in that final third. If we can turn some of the pressure that we do have or opportunities to hurt the opposition into goals, that’s only going to be good for us.”

How are the team preparing for the long trip to Cheltenham?

“We need to recover and make sure we’ve got that game out of our legs, ready to go on Tuesday. We will sit them down, have a meeting as we always do, preparation which is first class on the opposition. We will look at them closely and what their strengths and weaknesses are, and, more importantly, how we are going to impose ourselves on them.”

Who is the Town boss looking to to put his side on the front foot at Cheltenham?

“I will be looking for all eleven of our players – from the keeper to the centre forward to put us on the front foot. We are capable of doing, we know that. You’re not going to go to the likes of Cheltenham with three or four players missing, you are going to need everybody on task.”

What do you expect from Gary Johnson’s side?

“Gary [Johnson] will have them organised. Before Saturday they had been on an excellent run of form – I think there was three straight wins or something like that. He will be looking to put that right. We know how they are going to start, there will be no respite, big intensity from his team. It couldn’t be tougher really, but we’ve got to be up for that challenge and we will be up for that challenge.”

The dangerman - Mohamed Eisa

The gaffer added: “He’s got that little bit of pace and is a bit of an unknown quantity also. Looking at the clips, he can clearly get a goal, takes his opportunities well. He will be a threat. They have got threats and they will be a threat from a set-play because they are such a tall side.”

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