Cheltenham Town: Sido Jombati - I've come such a long way
SIDO Jombati says he learned a valuable lesson the last time he lined up against Southend United for Cheltenham Town.
The Portuguese right-back was sent off for a lunging challenge on Michael Timlin 19 minutes into the Robins' 4-0 defeat at Roots Hall last March as their automatic promotion hopes evaporated.
He was forced to serve a three-match ban and the 'moment of madness' as boss Mark Yates described it, was the only blemish on an outstanding first season in the Football League for the 25-year-old.
Jombati has been cautioned once in the 12 matches since his ban.
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"I learned a lot from that night at Southend and I know I can't afford to challenge like that now," Jombati said.
"I normally don't dive it and try to look for the ball and stay on my feet, but it was a mistake and I was maybe a little tired after a lot of games in a short space of time, which makes mistakes more likely.
"It did cost us, but I think every player is allowed one mistake a year and I will always remember not to do it again."
In contrast to their heaviest defeat of the season at Southend, Cheltenham turned on the style to beat the table-topping Shrimpers 3-0 at the Abbey Business Stadium last December.
"We started that game so well and had a real go at them and we need to do that again today," Jombati said.
"We can't give them any space and we need to let them know we are Cheltenham and they can't control the game here.
"Let's do the simple things properly to start and then we can play more beautiful football later in the game."
Jombati has been working in tandem with winger Jermaine McGlashan, who has started the new season in outstanding form.
He is hoping to take advantage of any space on offer when McGlashan is double-teamed by opposition defenders.
"When Jermaine first came here he was a little bit nervous, but he is confident now and when a player like him is confident he is impossible to stop," Jombati said. "If teams double up on him it's my job to get close and help him out."
â The Robins 7s Trophy kicks off this afternoon, with Cleeve Colts taking on Leckhampton Rovers Kestrels (1.40pm).