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Boss: We have the belief to bounce back

19 October 2017

Manager Gary Johnson insists the belief in the Cheltenham Town camp remains high despite two defeats – but knows his Robins will face another battle this weekend.

The Robins will welcome Lincoln City to the LCI Rail Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) as they look to bounce back from successive Sky Bet League Two defeats.

 Johnson revealed several team meetings had taken place this week after the loss to Grimsby to resolve any issues - and the team had been working hard on the training field to make amends.

“We’ve had to think hard about how we would deal with a couple of defeats,” he said.

“We had a good meeting yesterday (Wednesday) with all the players and their different units: midfielders, defenders, attackers.

“We let them discuss in those units where they thought they did well and not so well, then how they could work better together. We needed to bring it all together.

“We need to be stronger in our own penalty box,” he added. “When you say penalty box people think of defenders, but it’s not just them, it’s the whole team.

“When corners or set plays are coming in there are eight of your team in the penalty area.

“For the ridiculous goal that rolled into the back of the net the other night there were eight people and nobody made a tackle.  

“We were second in our own penalty area to the ball. Previous to that and the Port Vale game we have been first and been strong.”

The Robins will assess the fitness of midfield duo Kyle Storer and Harry Pell this week before deciding on a team to face the Imps.

And Johnson reiterated that whatever team was selected for the encounter, the belief would be strong that they could get a positive result.

He said: “We will work over the next two days on a solid unit that understands what we are trying to achieve against a strong Lincoln side.

“They have some decent players, but they will know we have too. If individuals improve then the team improves.

“It’s not doom or gloom. We’re not suddenly not believing. I believe in our team and the team believes in itself.

“In the last few games we’ve been unfortunate on occasions, but we’ve not done enough to get a result and need to respond.

“We’ve got to be ready for a battle. The game will be competitive and you’ve got to be up for that.”

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