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Robins TV: Gaffer targets positive start on home soil

2 August 2018

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Manager Gary Johnson is eager for his Robins to make a positive start to the season in Sky Bet League Two – as they face Crawley Town at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Johnson could hand out a number of league debuts for the club after a busy summer of recruitment.

And he knows the importance of a positive display in front of the Whaddon Road faithful.

“It’s very important, of course, to make a good start,” he said. “Especially when you are at home on the first day, with a lot of new players.

“I think the fans would have got a good first impression of some of the new lads against Walsall so hopefully they’ll come back.

“There is more to come from the new players as they are a little bit fitter and a little bit more confident and comfortable now.

“Supporters embraced them well on the day so the new lads are looking forward to it and hopefully we get a good few people watching us in a positive way so we can give our best in a good atmosphere.”

Meanwhile, Johnson has wished striker Brian Graham all the best after he completed a free transfer to Ross County.

Johnson added: “The thinking was that he wasn’t really getting enough games. He felt it came to the point where he needed to move on. We thank him for his service and wish him well for the future.

"He wasn’t in my plans and it was important to let people know that, rather than hang around. Footballers like playing football and for whatever reason he wasn’t in our plans so it was best to move on."

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