The Opposition View: Cheltenham Town

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 17 November 2016

What's your assessment of Cheltenham's season so far since their return to League Two?

Not too bad, a bit hit-and-miss. We started slowly, the players brought in the summer haven't really been a success and we've had injuries and suspensions to key players. Those players are beginning to come back and it's no coincidence we've now only lost once in the last ten games (in all comps).

Who are the key players in this current Robins squad?

The spine really, Aaron Downes as captain at the back, Harry Pell in the middle and Danny Wright up front. Dan Holman scored on his first start since August on Tuesday night and, if he's on form, James Dayton is a bit special.

What are the biggest strengths and weaknesses of your team?

Our biggest strength is that the squad play for each other. That's what won us the Conference last year. In terms of weaknesses, we lack pace at the back and we've struggled to score goals. Hopefully with Holman back that will now change.

Given the respective league positions of Cheltenham and Pompey, would you take a draw if offered to you on Saturday?

I think teams should be looking to win their home games regardless of position, the same is said for ourselves. We tend to play better against the better teams as well, we've played all of the top seven (bar Pompey) already and only Doncaster outplayed us and got a win.

Plymouth got a last minute heart-breaker a minute after we'd hit the post, Luton and Carlisle we drew against and we completely outplayed Grimsby and Crewe (three times if you include the cup games) in our wins against them.

I never criticise my team if the draw is a battling one. Besides, we always draw with Portsmouth (four games, four draws I believe).

Predict the outcome of the game.

No reason we can't win 2-1.

Portsmouth Match Reports

Sky Bet League One Sat 18th November 15:00

Portsmouth 1 - 0 Southend United

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