Russell Milton: Cheltenham Town will rally in Gary Johnson’s absence

Cheltenham Town assistant manager Russell Milton has insisted that his side will be galvanised by Gary Johnson’s absence after it was confirmed yesterday that he had undergone heart surgery and will not be in the dugout for the next few weeks.

The Robins host Cambridge United in League Two at the LCI Rail Stadium on Saturday as they look to put consecutive losses to Doncaster and Exeter behind them.

“The manager wouldn’t want us to dwell on it, we all know what he’s like and the chairman said it as well, he’d want us to use it in a positive way and to galvanise the boys and get to where we need to get to,” said Milton.

“He’s resurrected a few careers and made people’s lives better, so I think now is the time for them (the players) to try and make his life better and easier.

“I don’t think there’s any better medicine than a few wins and results and then he knows everything’s alright.”

Milton also believes that they need to put the last couple of games behind them and re-find the good form that they were displaying a few weeks ago, but knows it won’t be easy against a Cambridge side that is still in with a chance of getting in the top seven.

He said: “The message now is to look forward, get what we need to get to as soon as we can, and everything will be alright.

“They (Cambridge) will want to be getting up towards the play offs because they’re not a million miles away from that at all.

“They’ve had a great run from where they started the season because they were down with us for the first ten games.

“They played really well against us at their place in December, so we know what we’re expecting from them and we know what we need to do.”

The U’s have won just three of their last 10 games but find themselves seven points off the play offs with a game in hand on most of the teams in the division.

Cheltenham, on the other hand, know that a win could move them as much as 10 points clear of the bottom two, and will be hoping that they can put in a better showing than they did when Cambridge recorded a 3-1 win in the reverse fixture back in November.

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