Cheltenham Town video: Sido Jombati still haunted by Rochdale disaster
SIDO Jombati will use the 4-1 drubbing Cheltenham Town suffered at Rochdale last season as his main motivation tomorrow.
The right-back endured a torrid game at Spotland as two goals from Ashley Grimes and one each for Bobby Grant and Dele Adebola secured a comfortable win for Rochdale, then managed by John Coleman.
It was a match that highlighted some weaknesses and helped persuade boss Mark Yates to make rather more changes to his squad during the January transfer window than many expected.
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With Billy Jones and Alan Bennett gone and Steve Elliott on the bench, the the other three members of the Robins' back four will be different tomorrow.
Rochdale also have a new manager in Keith Hill, but Jombati said that miserable night just before Christmas will be in the back of his mind as he lines up against the same team tomorrow.
"Last year that defeat at Rochdale was the match when we started to drop a little," Jombati said.
"They battered us and I didn't have a good game myself and it was a bad night for everyone.
"I will be thinking of that tomorrow and I will use it as extra motivation, as I think the other players who played that night will too.
"We want to show them we are not easy to beat like that year and we want to get the win."
Jombati, in his third season with Cheltenham, was forced to fill in at left-back several times during Craig Braham-Barrett's month on the sidelines with an ankle ligament injury.
He is defensively sound on that side of the pitch, but he knows his attacking qualities are not as likely to shine through.
The 26-year-old returned to his more natural right-back slot at Dagenham and Redbridge last Saturday and produced his best performance of the season so far.
"I felt good at right-back and it is where I feel most comfortable," Jombati said.
"I can push forward more on my right foot and deliver the ball easier.
"It's harder on my left foot to get balls in the box for our strikers.
"It was easy to fit back in and we deserved the victory."
Jombati played a part in Keith Lowe's second half winner at Dagenham and Cheltenham's narrow four-man midfield allowed him and Braham-Barrett to attack at will.
"Craig came back in and looked good and I thought the tactics the gaffer used worked well," Jombati said.
"Matt Richards was deeper in midfield and he can receive the ball from the centre-back and the goalkeeper.
"Me and Craig have to be wide to give him options and I think we are more of a threat to other teams.
"Sometimes it can be a little open, but that is the risk we have to take and it looked good last Saturday.
"We try to get up and down as full-backs and we have midfielders who can sit in our positions if we take time to get back.
"I think the way we play is good and we can bomb on, knowing we'll have cover if we need it."