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Gaffer praises spirit as Eisa ensures point for Robins

30 December 2017

Manager Gary Johnson praised the spirit of his players after 2017 finished with a 1-1 draw against Newport County at the LCI Rail Stadium.

Mo Eisa scored his 11th goal of the season with 13 minutes to go as the Robins fought back to earn a point after Padraig Amond's opener, and Johnson was pleased with the reaction his players gave after going a goal behind.

"It's a game we drew from being in a losing position so I was pleased with our reaction when they scored the goal," he said.

"It was another unbelievable goal that Yeovil goal and obviously we were all a little bit frustrated that the first half wasn't happening much, but we created as many chances as they did.

"We felt that if we came out and did a little bit more driving forward by getting at them, which I thought the boys did well, then we would put them under pressure.

"If you look at their away form, it's one of the best in the league, and is certainly better than their home form.

"They get numbers behind the ball and have got the quick lad up front who they use and it's a tactic that's difficult to play against sometimes.

"It was only in the last 20 minutes that we really got going, although our goalkeeper made a few saves, their keeper has had to make a few as well."

Mo Eisa scored the equaliser in the 77th minute and Johnson was happy with the strikers' contribution after deciding not to take him off.

"I left him out there because he kept getting into good positions but not quite finishing them off," he said.

"He was unlucky a couple of times in the first half and it was a great save by their goalie and there were a couple of other opportunities he had but it was nice that he got in and tucked it away."

"It gave us a chance in the last ten minutes to give it a go but we couldn't get the winner."

"I suppose from where we were, it's a point gained."


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