Cheltenham Town’s best chance of getting to the third round of the FA Cup is hanging in the balance ahead of tomorrow’s replay against fellow League Two side Crewe Alexandra.
Both Kyle Storer and Jordan Cranston are suspended for the trip up to the North West, and it’s unclear whether Alex Cooper will be fit enough to make the squad after he suffered an injury setback before the loss at Hartlepool on Saturday.
The 2-0 defeat from the 500-mile round trip ended an unbeaten run that stretched back to September, but Gary Johnson insisted that they wanted to bounce back on Tuesday.
“Now we have to go on another run of nine games,” said Gary.
“We’ll keep going and try to get the best out of this group. We’ll be a different team when we go there on Tuesday.”
Cheltenham threw away a one goal lead in the original match last weekend to draw 1-1 with The Railwaymen, and have since found out that National League side Sutton awaits the winner of tomorrow’s showdown.
Though Sutton will offer a stern test for Cheltenham, should they get through, the tie provides a realistic chance for Gary Johnson’s men to get into the hat for the coveted third round draw.
But first they have to get past a team who sit 15 places above them in the table, and have only lost twice at home in the league this season.
Yet even though things are looking positive for the team who have adapted well since their relegation from English football’s third tier, they are yet to win in any competition so far in November.
Crewe lost to league leaders Plymouth on Saturday, and were on the wrong side of a 2-0 scoreline as they crashed out of the EFL Trophy against Chesterfield in the week.
A win for Crewe would see them progress to the second round for the first time in four seasons, whilst it could also see Cheltenham get there for only the second time since they reached the third round and got knocked out by Everton back in the 2012/13 campaign.