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Johnson demands consistency from Robins

11 January 2018

Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson looked ahead to Saturday's visit of Accrington Stanley to the LCI Rail Stadium and says his players can take great confidence from last week's 4-1 win at Colchester United to help them achieve the consistency that has been so elusive this season.

It was a mixed bag of results and performances over the Christmas and New Year period with away wins at Barnet and Colchester, a draw at home to Newport County AFC and disappointing defeats against Yeovil Town and Stevenage.

Once again there was no shortage of chances created in all five games but it was only against Barnet and in the second half at Colchester that the team was able to provide the finishing touches.

"The confidence that you gain from a performance like the one last week at Colchester is very good for us," said Gary.

"Hopefully the boys will be able to take what they did in that game into this one against Accrington Stanley. If they can do that it's a sure fire way of proving to them that if they can be consistent at the game they are good at then we will be a match for anyone in this league.

"I keep saying that if we can get that consistency we will pick up more points more regularly.

"We work very hard on our play to get us chances but I've been saying for weeks that I want to see more easy chances. Against Colchester, because our play was so good, we scored with two tap-ins.

"We need players who are aware in the box and can react to rebounds, players who are quick enough to get onto things and thinkers. I feel that if we can take a bigger percentage of our chances we'll get more goals and more points."

Visitors Accrington Stanley have enjoyed another positive season despite having to exist on some of the smallest crowds in the division.

The Lancashire team, which is sandwiched only a short distance between the football powerhouses of Burnley and Blackburn, are currently fourth in the Sky Bet League Two table only one point off the automatic promotion places and their striker Billy Kee is among the top scorers in the division.

"Accrington have been doing really well and have been up there right from the start," said Gary.

"They are  a clever team, a passionate team with a good manager. When you've had a good game previously you alwyas look forward to seeing whether the players can do it again but this will be a tough test.

"If we go out with the same mentality and the same confidence as last week then it should be a good game because Accrington are a good football team as well."

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