Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson says that his team need to be aware of the physical threat that Cambridge United’s prolific strikers pose.
Both Uche Ikpeazu and Jabo Ibehre have scored 11 out of the U’s 16 League Two goals between them and are both set to feature up front when the teams meet at Whaddon Road on Tuesday evening.
“They are both strong lads and are both decent in the air as good target men”, said Johnson.
Ikpeazu starred in last season’s meeting at the Abbey Stadium between the two sides, scoring in a 3-1 victory as well as causing havoc for the Cheltenham defence throughout.
“I remember saying to Downesy last year don’t let him turn you and within the first two minutes he turned him and scored,” said Johnson. “The lad (Ikpeazu) was strong on the day and we know how good they are as a two this year,” he added.
The 22-year-old former Watford forward missed Cambridge’s 7-0 loss at Luton Town at the weekend through suspension along with Ibehre, who was absent due to his wife giving birth.
“They didn’t play at the weekend and were obviously out for different reasons but I’m sure that they will come back in and give them more of a force up front which we’ve got to be aware of and be competitive with.”
Johnson also insists that Cambridge will be no pushovers despite their heavy defeat at Kenilworth Road on Saturday.
Shaun Derry’s side are just three points above the Robins in the league table and Cheltenham can go above them with a win tomorrow night.
— Sky Bet League Two (@SkyBetLeagueTwo) November 18, 2017
“They are going to need to put that defeat behind them very quickly and I know that their manager won’t have taken that defeat lightly and he will get into them so it’s going to be a battle,” said the 62-year-old.
“We have got to catch these teams that are trying to get into the playoffs as we’ve had a difficult run of games and in the last four we have only picked up five points which isn’t quite good enough.
“Now we have got to make sure that those five points don’t get wasted by not picking up points in our next six or seven games before January.”