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What a great start to the new year, a win at Roots hall on Monday and we could be a point off the play-off zone, three points for Cheltenham and they will be in it, promises to be a tough game.
The loss of both Anthony Grant and Bilel Mohsni should have been terminal at the Kassan Stadium, but we dominated the action as much as we did at Whaddon Road in the first of our meetings with the Robins a couple of weeks ago, another 2-0 win.
I expect Cheltenham to come at us and if we have the same team a draw could be a good result, two games in three days for 18-year-old Kane Ferdinand and 35-year-old Graham Coughlan could be pushing it.
Left-back Peter Gilbert has at last served the last of his three-match ban and will probably replace the unlucky Johnny Herd.
I would also keep Evans in goal, why change, we kept the U's goalless, and let's hope top scorer Barry Corr recovers from his touch of flu.
Should be a great atmosphere though, so enjoy the game whatever the result and let's sing our hearts out for the lads, they are going to need it, over 8,000 in the Hall I hope.
Possible Southend United: Evans, Clohessy, Barker, Coughlan, Gilbert, Soares, Ferdinand, Easton, Hall, Sturrock, Corr.
Subs: Morris, Herd, Prosser, Bouzid, Woodyard, Crawford, Paterson.
Possible Southend United: Evans, Clohessy, Barker, Coughlan, Herd, Soares, Ferdinand, Easton, Hall, Sturrock, Corr.
Subs: Morris, Prosser, Bouzid, Woodyard, Zaaboub, Crawford, Paterson.
COME ON YOU BLUES!!!!!
UPDATE - Will he start?:
No new injury news for Robins boss Mark Yates after the 2-1 home defeat to Wycombe (see below), however midfielder Robin Shroot when his side travel to Southend has returned to parent club Birmingham after no agreement could be reached to keep him.
Fellow loanee, striker Shaun Jeffers, though has extended his loan from Coventry by a further month and he'll be pushing to start following another substitute appearance on Saturday.
The only concern is an old injury to winger Josh Low, who continues to struggle from a hamstring problem that has kept him on the sidelines for the past month.
Away: Shrewsbury 1 Cheltenham Town 1 (played on Saturday, December 11th, 2010.)
Report here: www.ctfc.com/page/MatchReport/0,,10434~52238,00.html
Home; Cheltenham Town 1 Wycombe Wanderers 2 (played on Saturday, January 1st, 2011.)
Report here: www.ctfc.com/page/MatchReport/0,,10434~53217,00.html
The man in the middle is Phil Gibbs from Birmingham.
He gives an interview here: http://refworld.com/referee/184/1/phil-gibbs
His assistants are Carl Berry and Lee Betts; The fourth official is Stuart Butler.
Monday, January 3rd; (all kick-offs 15.00): Accrington Stanley v Chesterfield, Aldershot v Hereford, Bradford v Bury, Macclesfield v Rotherham, Northampton v Lincoln City, Port Vale v Burton Albion, Shrewsbury v Crewe, Southend v Cheltenham, Stevenage v Barnet, Stockport v Morecambe, Torquay v Oxford Utd, Wycombe v Gillingham.
Saturday, January 8th; (all kick-offs 15.00): Accrington Stanley v Bury, Aldershot v Oxford Utd, Bradford v Barnet, Crewe v Wycombe, Northampton v Cheltenham, Shrewsbury v Morecambe, Southend v Chesterfield, Stockport v Gillingham.
Hope you had a fiver on those 3to1 odds to beat Oxford!
Southend (to win) - 13/10, Draw - 12/5, Cheltenham (to win) - 23/10.
Cheltenham has a long history of football prior to The Robins. In 1849, the first use of three official referees in a match, two in field and one in tribune was recorded in the town. However, the modern club was founded in 1887 by Albert Close White a local teacher.
The club spent its first three decades in local football, notable players from those days include cricketers Gilbert Jessop and brothers Charles Barnett and Edgar Barnett.
In the early 1930's the club turned professional and joined the Birmingham Combination before joining the Southern League in 1935 and won promotion to the Alliance Premier League (now the Conference National) in 1985, but were relegated seven years later.
They were promoted back to the Conference in 1997 and two years later gained promotion to the Football League. After two mid-table finishes in Division Three (now League Two) they won via the playoffs and were promoted to Division Two (now League One).
The appointment of Steve Cotterill, (now at Portsmouth), as manager during the 1996-97 was the start of a revolution at the club. He is Cheltenham Town's most successful manager.
Four months after taking charge he guided the club to runners-up spot in the Southern Football League Premier Division, but they won promotion to the Football Conference because champions Gresley Rovers were unable to meet the required ground capacity for Conference membership.
He was followed by John Ward, (now head farmer), and, on a full time basis, 'Mad Dog' Keith Allen who was put on gardening leave amid allegations he racially abused a nightclub bouncer!
Kidderminster boss Mark Yates was appointed Robins manager on December 22nd, 2009. Neil Howarth, Yate's assistant at Kidderminster, also joined the League Two side as first-team coach.
Cheltenham continued to struggle through the rest of the season, only managing to avoid relegation on the final day of the season, although they finished four points ahead of the relegated sides. John Schofield, who was in caretaker charge of the club while Allen was on gardening leave, returned to the post of assistant manager until the end of the season.
Yates, ahead of his first full season with Cheltenham, revamped the squad - releasing eight players, including defender Shane Duff, who had just completed his tenth year with the club, and it seems to be working at the moment as the club stand eighth in League Two.
(For a more comprehensive history of the club, go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheltenham_Town_F.C.)