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Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson ready to face a familiar foe in Cambridge United

Gary Johnson is preparing his Cheltenham Town side to face a club he knows a lot about.

Johnson joined Cambridge United in 1988 as reserve team manager, before taking over as assistant manager in 1990. He helped John Beck lead the club from the old Fourth division to the Second division, coming within two games of reaching the top flight.

He took charge in 1993, and during the 1993-94 season came close to promotion from the Second division, before finishing 10th.

On Tuesday night he will come up against his old side, and Johnson says a lot has changed from his time there in the early nineties.

“A lot has changed since I was there,” said Johnson.

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“The board of directors has changed, all of the supporters that were five years old and junior youths are probably now in their mid-20’s and wouldn’t remember me probably.

“Shaun (Derry) has gone in there and livened it all up a bit. I always look at the crowd, and their crowd is gradually growing as well, as it was when we were at Cambridge.

“All of a sudden we were getting full houses because we were top of the league and getting promotion etc. I always take an interest in how many people are watching them.”

Cambridge are coming off a 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Luton Town, and Johnson is expecting a backlash from the visitors.

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“I don’t think you can take anything from that,” he added.

“The only thing you can take is that Cambridge aren’t going to turn up happy, bubbly and trying to play aesthetically beautiful football. They are going to need to put that result behind them very quickly.

“I know the manager and he won’t take that result lightly and will have got into them over the last couple of days. It will be a battle. We have to make sure we are ready for that and make sure we are up for it and we have to make sure we try to win the game.

“We aren’t saying to our boys to go and get seven, but we need to win the game.”

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