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Players must produce to retain place - Boss

7 September 2017


Players must produce to retain place - Boss

7 September 2017

Manager Gary Johnson has admitted his players are all now battling to retain their places after bolstering the squad before the transfer window shut.

The gaffer bought in four new faces before deadline day as Joe Morrell, Taylor Moore, Freddie Hinds and Scott Flinders joined before striker Jaanai Gordon was also snapped up.

All five featured in the Sky Bet League Two clash with Stevenage and are now pushing for places when the Robins travel to Yeovil on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

And Johnson admits the competition in the squad is now fierce with training sessions go up a gear as the players battle for starting spots.

“We needed 18 or so first team players in the squad and if I have got that (selection) as a problem then that is a good thing,” he said.

“You can’t just leave people out when you lose or they don’t produce. But they now know that if they don’t produce for too long their place will be in jeopardy and that is what we have got.

“We have some decent competition. All training sessions are lively, all the lads here are footballers who want to play and they do get disappointed when things don’t go well for them or the team.

“I have to got to try and keep that confidence, motivate them in different ways like I have done over the years.”

Johnson is also urging his team to respond in then right manner to the narrow defeat to Stevenage as they head to Somerset and the Huish Stadium this weekend to face his former club.

“I felt we gave it a go (against Stevenage) but, as I said at the end of the game, it is just about putting the ball in the back of the net,” he added.

“We were all disappointed because we lost the game. I thought it was a very good performance but not a very good result.

“As manager I take responsibility for every dodgy performance and every dodgy result at the club because you can change it. I promise you I am working very, very hard to get it right.”

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