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Robins need to be more assured up top - Boss

12 September 2017

Manager Gary Johnson admitted his side needed to be more assured in front of goal after a narrow 1-0 defeat to Newport County at Rodney Parade.

Cheltenham once again carried a threat in South Wales as Mo Eisa saw a first half effort fly narrowly wide and Kyle Storer twice come close to finding the net in the dying minutes.

However, the Robins could find no way through as a first half goal from Padraig Amond proved the difference in a closely fought Sky Bet League Two encounter.

“We couldn’t get that elusive goal,” said Johnson. “We played some decent football at times, but it is the same story. We had opportunities and we have to find a striker on form.

“We’ve got to keep working hard because at the moment we’re not showing an assuredness in the penalty area.

“We needed to score a goal so we made changes at half-time. We are looking for a more potent strike force so I am trying things.

“We did get two or three good opportunities that were cleared off the line. They defended for their lives and blocked a lot of shots.

“The supporters have gone home disappointed and we apologise for that because they don’t like to see their team lose and I don’t either,” he added.

“We’ll look at the video, assess it and know what we have got to work on.

“The obvious one is creating more goal scoring chances and easy chances. We are not doing that and need to work on our movement and confidence in that area. We’ve got to be better.

“We’ve created chances and we are in these games. But we are not getting our noses in front.”

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