Jermaine McGlashan has described Cheltenham Town’s trip to title-chasing Fleetwood Town tomorrow as “must win”.
The Robins’ home form has let them down so far this term and they have already dropped as many points at Whaddon Road as they did throughout the whole of last season (20).
They surrendered a two-goal half-time lead against Hartlepool United last Saturday, allowing the visitors to hit back for a point, resulting in a seventh home draw of the campaign.
They have been far more impressive on the road this season, particularly in the last two months, with three wins and two draws from their last five trips.
McGlashan, who has started the last three matches up front with Byron Harrison, says Cheltenham must pick up maximum points at fancied Fleetwood to compensate for their generosity at home.
“We dropped two points we shouldn’t have against Hartlepool and Fleetwood is must-win now, in my opinion,” McGlashan said.
“There is real confidence around the team and we’ve been keeping clean sheets and playing well away from home.
“The gaffer (Mark Yates) has introduced a system that has made us hard to beat and while we need to get our home form going, we are all looking forward to taking on Fleetwood.”
Specialist winger McGlashan has scored once in his three appearances as a striker and he hopes to have done enough to keep his place over the Christmas period.
“I should have scored a few more, but I think I’ve caused teams problems and created plenty of chances,” he said.
“Byron has been great to work off and he is central to me playing on the shoulder of defenders. I just need to stick a few more away, but I think I’ve done myself justice up there.”
Former Plymouth Argyle striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has signed for Ipswich Town on a deal until the end of the season. The 27-year-old arrived as a free agent, having left Wolverhampton Wanderers at the end of last term when his contract expired at Molineux.
He has not played since April, having broken his leg and suffered ankle ligament damage in a game at Birmingham City which brought a premature end to a season in which he scored 15 goals.
He has now regained his fitness and has been reunited with manager Mick McCarthy and assistant boss Terry Connor at Portman Road, having worked under the pair at Wolves.