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Our focus is on our own display - Gaffer

1 February 2018

Manager Gary Johnson has urged his Cheltenham side to focus on their own display away at Grimsby this weekend and not by side-tracked by the form of the Mariners.

The Robins head north to Blundell Park to face a Grimsby side who sit next to them in the Sky Bet League Two standings.

Grimsby lost 2-0 to Yeovil in midweek an are on a ten game winless run.

However, Johnson is determined his team will focus only on themselves to ensure they get the display they need to claim a crucial away win.

“We have got to make sure we don’t think we just have to turn up. You have to play well at Grimsby to get a result,” he said.

“The fans will be on their side while they are in it, but if we can get an early goal or get a goal up it could change.

“It can be difficult at this time of year to know what the opposition will do. You try and second guess what the team and shape will be. They will do the same to us.

“When a team has had a losing streak, like Grimsby have, then you are never sure what they will do. They have got injured players that may come back.

“The emphasis has got to be on your own team. You make sure that your team performs and your team plays in a shape that they are happy with.

“I went with Downesy (Aaron Downes) to watch Yeovil play Grimsby in the week and unfortunately they had a lad sent off after six minutes,” he added.

“Suddenly they are down to ten men, the shape changes and now they have new players.

“The manager is in there and he needs a result so he has made these signings.”

Reflecting on the transfer deadline. Johnson added the new arrivals Joe Rodon and Jake Andrews will be in contention after arriving on loan this week.

“You are only happy when the business that you have done comes to fruition and they make a difference,” said Johnson.

“It was important that we improved our squad and we have enough to see it out this season. You need a strong bench and a strong team.

“Joe (Rodon) is a talented player. He has decided to come to us and that is good news.

“Lee (Johnson) wants Jake (Andrews) to go out and get first team experience. He is a good player who can play wide and can cut in. He is a good set piece taker and he is competing for a place in the team.

“The loans give me competition within the loans because neither of them can afford to drop below their standards.

“We also know the dates that Cranners (Jordan Cranston) and Fozzie (Jordon Forster) are coming back, but that is not necessarily match fitness. They will need to play reserve games too.

“I don’t want to be in a situation where we are not strong enough at a point of the season when we need to be.”


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