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Gaffer vows to keep pushing Robins up as year ends

28 December 2017

Manager Gary Johnson has vowed to keep pushing his Robins and looking up the league table – as the team prepare to finish 2017 with a home clash with Newport County AFC on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

Cheltenham are eight points off the Sky Bet League Two play-off places as they prepare to welcome the Welsh side to the LCI Rail Stadium.

“We are a stronger group this season, have got 30 points and know what we need to do in the second half of the season,” said Johnson.

“If you look too far ahead you can come unstuck so all our efforts are on the next game and Newport.

“We have got to keep plugging away. We are ten points off relegation and eight points off the play-offs with just under half the season to go.

“What we must not do is give up on it and I will make sure I drag the boys up and we get going.”

Johnson is also keen to get the right response after the disappointment of Boxing Day defeat to Yeovil Town.

“That result has niggled me a bit,” he said. “I don’t like losing and it was an important game to try and get ourselves closer to the play-offs.

“We will review it and we have got to keep plugging away. And, if we are inconsistent, we have got to keep finding the good games.

“Yeovil stopped our run of attacks. We didn’t get many opportunities and when we did it was poor finishing.

“We had a lot of possession, but we are disappointed with the game and result. Apologies to the fans, but there will be good games around the corner and hopefully it is the next one.”

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