Milton: Blackpool are where they should be

Cheltenham assistant manager Russell Milton, right, with Morecambe boss Jim Bentley

Cheltenham assistant manager Russell Milton, right, with Morecambe boss Jim Bentley

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Stand-in Cheltenham boss Russell Milton says Blackpool ought to be finishing in the League Two play-offs with the players they have at their disposal.

The assistant manager, who has taken charge while Gary Johnson recovers from heart surgery, will be in the hot seat for his ninth game at Bloomfield Road this weekend.

His Cheltenham side, who have endured a difficult first season back in the Football League, can secure safety with a win and if other results go their way on Saturday.

"You want to secure survival as quickly as possible so Saturday is the next one," Milton said.

"We know it'll be a tough game though. Blackpool are a very good side.

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"We've played them twice this season already and both were good games, but for different reasons.

"Gary Bowyer has got a very good set of players there so we know we're going to have to play very well.

"They're where they should be really, in and around the play-offs. But we're fully aware of their strengths so we're going to have to be on our game to continue doing what we've been doing and to get something out of it.

"It's our aim to get it done at the weekend and then we can relax for two games, but we will take it as it comes."