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Cheltenham Town Preview

Steve Ball previews visit of Cheltenham to JCS

29 December 2020

Colchester United will want to put their recent games behind them as they head into this evening's fixture against Cheltenham Town at the JobServe Community Stadium.

The U's will be looking to bounce back after three straight defeats when the Robins come to town this evening, in what will be a real test for Steve Ball's side. 

Cheltenham Town themselves have been in poor form of late, and will also want to get their season back on track with a result tonight. Michael Duff's side currently sit in fourth place in the league, slipping out of the top three with Carlisle leapfrogging them into the automatic promotion places. 

But the U's have a lot to prove after a disappointing derby defeat at the hands of Southend United in their previous fixture. It ended 2-0 to the hosts at Roots Hall, as they lifted themselves off the foot of the table, dropping the U's to eleventh in the process. 

Speaking ahead of the U's next game, against Cheltenham Steve Ball has said his side need to remain calm so that they are prepared for the next challenge. 

"There's a reaction needed against Cheltenham, there's been a reaction needed since losing at Cambridge. The key thing for me is performances." - Steve Ball

"This is a moment of the season where we have to take stock, keep calm and analyse everything in great detail, both individually and collectively and make sure that we are completley prepared for a tough game on Tuesday night. 

"The performances have not been where we want fot the past month probably, although we have gained points in that time. That's the first port of call for me as the manager and for the players - to get the performances back up to the level required.

"If we do that, I know we'll get the results."

With a win, Steve Ball's side could put themselves back on level terms with seventh placed Exeter City, although the Grecians have a far better goal difference to the U's, so they would be unlikely to break into the play-off places. 

The Robins could put themselves back into the top three, but would also be relying on results from elsewhere in Sky Bet League Two to regain their automatic promotion spot. 

With games now being played behind closed doors once again at athe JobServe Community Stadium, the only way to watch is with a match pass from iFollow, click HERE to get yours. 

Programmes are available for this evening's game, click HERE to get yours. 


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