HOT-HEAD Lee Fowler will serve a two-match ban for his red card against Oxford.
The 20-year-old was booked for a first-half foul on James Hunt before tripping Dean Whitehead in stoppage time at the end of the 1-1 draw.
It was a second dismissal of the season for the midfield player (he also took an early bath at Scunthorpe) which is why he sits out two games. It is his third suspension in all.
Manager Peter Jackson described the team's ninth red card of the season as "stupid" and will have to plan for the matches against Doncaster (January 3) and Cambridge the following week without the Welsh Under 21 No4.
Town will also be without Paul Scott when leaders Doncaster visit the McAlpine in the first match of 2004 as he serves a one-match ban or reaching five yellow cards.
Referee Roy Pearson booked Scott - who was playing in midfield for the axed Rob Edwards - for a sliding first-half challenge on the talented Whitehead.
Despite the disciplinary problems, Jackson was happy with the performance and today set sights on improving an away run of seven defeats and a draw in eight matches at Darlington on Friday.
"I've watched the video of the match and Oxford never looked like they were going to score, so it has to go down as two points dropped even though I was happy with the response I got from the players," said Jackson today.
"People have been suggesting we are dropping out of the play-off chase, but that's just ridiculous at this stage of the season.
"Obviously we have to improve our away form, but if we can put a little run together then we will be right back up there, and we go to Darlington looking for all three points before tackling another two home games.
"I am certainly not writing off our chances because we have shown against Oxford, who have been beaten only once all season, that we can perform and they were close to suffering a second defeat."
Jackson agreed the sending off of Oxford striker Julian Alsop - his club are to appeal over the dismissal for a tussle with Efe Sodje - had changed the mood of the match, allowing Mark Rawle to wipe out a Jon Stead strike.
"I was disappointed with the equaliser because we had defended very well up until then, but just a lapse in concentration for five seconds cost us two valuable points," he explained.
"We have played very well defensively at home but, on our travels we have always looked like conceding goals, so we go to Darlington looking for a clean sheet to start with and, hopefully, that will enable us to start a run of away wins."
Town's Quid a Kid scheme attracted 304 extra juniors compared with the Cheltenham home match. There were 371 extra visting vans (totalling 616) and 926 more fans all together, bringing in extra receipts of £2,757.50p.