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Gaffer disappointed not to secure battling point

13 February 2018

Manager Gary Johnson admitted that a little bit of naivety ultimately cost his Cheltenham Town side a point as the Robins lost 1-0 to Lincoln City in a closely fought Sky Bet League Two encounter at Sincil Bank.

Neal Eardley struck the winner for the Imps just before half-time in an even contest, with the Robins coming close to snatching a point after putting in a better second half performance.

“I’m disappointed that we didn’t get something out of the game because when their crowd get going and are going all through the game, it sounds and feels like the opposition are doing more than they are,” said Johnson.

“We got beat by a super goal and you can’t do much about that as he struck it well and I don’t think he scores too many like them and we lose the game 1-0.”

Both Mo Eisa and Sanmi Odelusi had big opportunities to equalise after the interval, but Danny Cowley’s side held firm for a first home win over the Robins in 18 years.

“Maybe Mo could have pulled his chance back to the two lads who were free in the penalty area and we would have had a well-deserved draw,” added Johnson.

“It’s a difficult place to come and the crowd are part of how they play in putting the pressure on.

“We were in the game and played some good football at times when we got in, but without that final bit of quality that gets you a goal or wins you a game.

“We would have had a point had naivety not set in just before half-time where we gave a free-kick away and then shortly afterwards the player has struck it, bought the ticket and won the prize.

“It’s unfortunate, but we’ve got to move on and we looked okay and played some decent football.

“We had enough of the ball, possession wise, we had to go long sometimes, but we tried to play and deserved a point but we didn’t get it.”

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