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Cheltenham boss predicts “cracking game”

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Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson has challenged his players to enhance their reputations against us as the Hammers make their first visit to Whaddon Road.

He said: “West Ham need a result and I am sure they don’t care who it’s against or how it comes.

I am sure they will be putting out a strong team and it’s a chance for my players to show what they can do against Premier League opposition.

“You can enhance your reputation during a live TV game and hopefully after the game they’ll be showing things we do well.

It’s great to have such a big club coming here and we will enjoy it. I’m really looking forward to it and I think it will be a cracking game.

You have to be honest and say we will need to be right on our game and West Ham will have to be a bit off theirs but if we can keep them out for any length of time and create opportunities you have a chance.”

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14 comments on “Cheltenham boss predicts “cracking game”

  1. I don’t know why but I’m actually nervous for this game…
    I feel that us being the big boys in this match is a lot of added pressure especially to a team that hasn’t won a game.
    We need to win and that’s why I am nervous.

    • I am a lil myself too imagine Bilic is too. Hopefully he will sort out a smart team maybe a back 3. And will bloody good to see Adrian in goal.

  2. Don’t worry about it. Press will make a big thing about it & if they have let Martin Tyler out of his rest home to do the commentary he will probably wet his pants, but it will be forgotten in a week. Worry about Newcastle & the Carvalho transfer. If we give some of the returning players a run we will probably win anyway- & then it won’t even be mentioned.

  3. The Nobelletes, Carrolletes and Slugettes are waiting to pounce on a poor performance to come out with the ” We were better in the old days” weekly crap πŸ˜†πŸ˜† So come on Slav get em sorted tonight so we don’t have to hear this lot spouting off again πŸ˜€

    • All and any Fan would be right to pounce on poor performance tonight ., and be totally within Thier rights . With the signings we have made anything less than 7th or 8th should be cnsidered a failure . Those that would be happy with 11th or less are losers . We need a Cup Final or higher than 7th to justify the signings and Bilic . Wake up , GW . This season is the supposed promised one . Getting tired of excuses and precast excuses . We need a good , strong season ; and so far it doesn’t look good . All joking aside . Getting fed up with , oh 11th or 10th is ok ,,,,,, it ain’t ok , GW .

      • Kevin the laughable fact about the rant mate is that for the last 2 years you’ve been a one man advocate of probably one of our worse signings in yearsπŸ˜†πŸ˜† 7th or 8th would be a good season, a cup final might happen if we don’t get drawn against one of the top 6 for a change but spending a lot guarantees f**k all other than spending a lot πŸ˜†πŸ˜† 30+ years of home and away games and spending a bleeding fortune have taught me one thing and that is I ain’t going to predict anything because it just screws your head up πŸ˜€

  4. Now now GW you really shouldn’t show such disrespect for our saviours ,
    How crude and mentally inept of you you you cad, πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    Message posted by critical post police on 23 Aug 2017 .
    Signed , serious person with no personality or humour πŸ™ˆπŸ™‰πŸ™Š

  5. 11 and 10th would be great right now have u seen the table, we are all the way down at the bottom. Of course we want to do better and we should but need some.Upgrades.

    • Seen the table of course , and it doesn’t look good does it ? . We can’t honestly be happy with that , JRS . As for upgrades , there have been enough . It’s the managers job to get them sorted . Away to the Barcodes is a game that’s turned pivertal for us . It is basically a game we cannot afford to lose . Hopefully we’ll be singing a brighter Toon after the game .
      With all the favored six ( Man Utd apart ) being lower than expected we should be taking advantage but , we’re not . With our new signings we damn well should be . It’s early days I know . There were definitely signs of improvement against Southampton and we were unlucky in the end . But defensively utterly inept .

  6. Cheltenham 0 – 4 West Ham United . A close thing should be regarded as bad .

  7. No Kevina real loser is someone who still bangs the Carroll drum like a demented squirrel!!!
    I mean if you can call other fans losers you wont mind being called demented will you.

    You dont even know the team we are putting out so how can you say anything under 4-0 would be considered bad.How often do league one or two teams just roll over in cup matches.

    • GH our Kevin spent half of Slavs 1st season banging his one man drum for the return of the Slug πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

    • Lower teams don’t usually roll over. They fight for every ball. We can’t and don’t do those things in our own league. We’ve always been like that and I hoped that fat Sam would have changed that when he was here.

  8. I will take a win away in the cup anyway we get it.Any match away in the cup is unpredictable.
    You sound like one of these demanding fans Kevin who are just waiting for a slip up so you can have a pop.Set your stall out for a 4-0 and anything less you can moan!

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