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FA Cup: Robins will be tough

29 November 2018

John Coleman won't underestimate Cheltenham Town in the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Michael Duff's League Two side visit the Wham Stadium on Saturday with both sides hoping to get into the Third Round and the possibility of a plum tie.

Cheltenham are 22nd in League Two but have lost just one of their last five league games and Stanley last beat the Robins at home in October 2009.

“It doesn't matter whether it's the league or the FA Cup, I just want to win,” said Coleman.

“I feel like in the last two games, Rochdale and Wycombe, we missed the opportunity to get six points on board but we can't look back now and we have to look forward.

“I know Michael Duff from his time at Burnley, he is a nice lad and a good football person and he has turned a trappy spell around.

“But form counts for nothing in the FA Cup, or the league position, and we know it will be a difficult game.

“It is a massive game for us and you only regret losing in the Second Round when you see teams drawing Premier League clubs in the Third Round.

“Cheltenham had hit a little bit of form before losing on Tuesday but we know we have to hit the heights we know we can.

“We were outstanding in the first half against Wycombe on Tuesday and, when it went to 1-1, we threw the kitchen sink at them to try and win and that cost us the game. We risked a point to get three and that's the way we are.”

Coleman has happy FA Cup memories, including the 2003/4 season when then Conference side Stanley beat Huddersfield and Bournemouth in a replay before losing to Colchester United in the Third Round in a replay.

“With that run, we earned the platform to go full-time and without going full-time we wouldn't be in the Football League or League One.

“I can still see Andy Gouck's last minute winner against Huddersfield and the look on the faces of our fans at Bournemouth when we drew there. There was a lump in my throat as we all knew we would beat them at our place – even though it was a scrappy game that went to penalties.

“It would be nice to go on another run but we know have to get over a big hurdle first with Cheltenham.”

Loan players Nick Anderton (Blackpool) and Connor Hall (Bolton) are ineligible for Saturday's game.

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