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Six things to know ahead of the Cheltenham game

23 March 2018

Cheltenham’s top League scorer is Mohamed Eisa with 18 goals to his name this season. The Sudanese-born striker was previously with non-league clubs Dartford and Greenwich Borough before signing for the Robins in July 2017. Eisa scored the only goal earlier this season when we were beaten 1-0 at Cheltenham.

The Robins are currently 15th in League Two, with 45 points from 38 played. Unbeaten in their last four games, Gary Johnson’s side come into the game off the back of a 1-1 draw at home to Chesterfield. Draws against both Luton and Notts County, as well as three points from a 3-0 win at Swindon, means tomorrow’s visitors are in decent form.

Manager Gary Johnson brought in several new faces last summer. Freddie Hinds and Elijah Adebayo were signed on loan from the Bristol City and Fulham academies and Johnson then reinforced the squad again, signing the promising Jake Andrews on loan from Bristol City in January.

Following a disappointing result at home to Wycombe on Wednesday, the Reds will be looking to bounce back in our second home game of the week. Currently 12th in the table, we sit eight points off the last play-off spot. Our recent record against Cheltenham is poor, with just one victory against the Robins since 2012 - a 4-2 success here in February 2012 when Mark Yates, who later managed Reds, was in charge of the visitors.

Harry Kewell will be without Dutch striker Thomas Verheydt, who is still recovering from a knee problem, tomorrow. Josh Yorwerth will be available following the end of his suspension and Jordan Roberts is fully fit.  Reds will be still be without Josh Doherty, who is out after surgery on his hand this week, and Mark Connolly, who serves a one-match ban for his dismissal against Wycombe.

Joe Morrell and Joe Rodon are missing for Cheltenham because of international duty. Gary Johnson, who watched Wednesday's game against Wycombe, said: "I think Crawley will see our game as a very important game because it could be their last opportunity of getting three points to have a chance of getting into the play-offs."

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