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Gaffer: We must rebuild to compete at this level

28 April 2018

Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson vowed to rebuild his squad to ensure they could compete in Sky Bet League Two after a heavy home defeat to Coventry City.

Mo Eisa grabbed his 23rd league goal of the season from the penalty spot at the LCI Rail Stadium.

However, that was a rare highlight from a hugely disappointing afternoon for the Robins on home soil as the play-off chasing visitors scored six.

“I’m as disappointed as everyone is - nobody likes to get beaten by six,” said Johnson. “What can you say, the start was the same as the finish, which was disappointing with the result.

“They were a lot more livelier than us. They did score the first against the run of play a little bit, but unfortunately we didn’t have the power and pace that they had as the half went on.

“Second half the players were playing for their pride really, as individuals. When you put it on them at a personal level they all picked up a bit.

“Of course, getting the goal was good, and for Mo to get another one, but their two strikes in the second half were fantastic strikes. I thought their goals were really good, well worked, great goals.

“We didn’t really do enough to get anywhere near them and we will look at that and rebuild with that in mind,” added Johnson.

“Every time you get a result like that you rebuild a little bit more, you get more players to rebuild what you need to compete at this level.

“There was a significant gap in the goals. We haven’t been like that all season and today was a big game for them, our boys didn’t really handle the importance of the game to them.

“They needed to get goals to try and get them in the play-offs, which they did because Mansfield won.

“They threw people forward, their full-backs and midfielders were getting forward with power and pace, they had that cleverness to score their goals and that was the difference.

“We got ourselves out of trouble this season, so we weren’t in any relegation trouble and I just think that certain players didn’t quite step up to the plate.

“Regardless of whether there’s something to play for or not, there’s always something to play for in your career.”

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