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Gaffer: Maintain that standard in closing weeks

7 April 2018

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Gaffer: Maintain that standard in closing weeks

7 April 2018

Delighted manager Gary Johnson says that the standards have been set high and that his players must remain competitive for the run in after the 3-0 victory over Morecambe in Sky Bet League Two.

Second half goals from Jerell Sellars, Will Boyle and Harry Pell helped secure a comfortable home victory at the LCI Rail Stadium.

“It was pleasing as Morecambe are a difficult side to break down,” said Johnson.

“They’ve had lots of games that are close and you’ve got to keep chipping away at them because they get numbers behind the ball and they leave it to the for the front lads to get onto the end of set-plays.”

“I said to the lads at half-time that we had a really poor first ten minutes, we were really dopey at that time, but we recovered and started to get into the game a little bit.

“We just needed to stay in the game and make sure that we kept to the plan, kept on doing the right things and working hard.

“With the first goal we earned our luck really, it was Jerell’s (Sellars) goal but obviously it took quite a big deflection and two good headers from Harry Pell and Will Boyle.

“The third goal was a great cross from Lloyd and a great header from Pell which justified his position for the day.

“We saw the game out lovely, and I enjoyed the last 20 minutes as I thought we looked very strong.”

George Lloyd made his first League Two start for the Robins after four substitute appearances- impressing Johnson with a good display- including registering an assist for the third goal.

“I’m very pleased with George,” said the gaffer. “I’ve said to him when you have your league debut you want it to be memorable for the right reasons.”

“He played his part, he had a couple of miss-controls, but that’s what happens when young lads play, and he made a fantastic cross for Pelly’s goal.

“He was a constant threat to his left-back. Now he’s got that league debut under his belt hopefully he can kick-on again.

“I was very pleased with him, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

With just four games left this season, the Robins host struggling Gloucestershire rivals Forest Green Rovers next weekend - with Johnson insisting that his side must remain competitive.

He added: “I’m just looking for a little bit of consistency now in these last few games.”

“We have to stay competitive and I want to still do that and of course we are building up to the Gloucestershire cup final on Saturday and we can’t forget that’s a big game for everybody.

“We can prepare all week knowing that we have got this local cup final coming up.

“Four games before the end of the season it’s good that it’s still going to be competitive because I want to see that for our players.

“We have got to treat it almost like a play-off game because it means a lot to the winners to win it.”


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