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Gaffer: It was a better point for us

17 March 2018

Manager Gary Johnson insisted it was a ‘better point for us’ after Cheltenham battled back to claim a 1-1 draw with relegation threatened Chesterfield at the LCI Rail Stadium.

The visitors had threatened to take all three points when they scored in the final quarter of the game through Kristian Dennis.

But striker Brian Graham came on and scored with his first meaningful touch as the Robins made it four games undefeated in Sky Bet League Two.

"It wasn't a great spectacle to watch,” admitted Johnson. “The wind came and went and then the snow came at the end. The pitch was a bit dead after all the rain we have had too.

"We maybe got to it in the final ten minutes, when we needed to get the game back, but we didn’t get the fast flowing football we have been playing the last three games.

"It was a better point for us then it was for them. These teams are fighting for their lives and Morecambe and Yeovil have got results today.

“Teams down there are trying to get wins before they are out of it completely.

"It was great to get an equaliser with Brian's first touch. We made a few changes because it looked a bit dead. The game just lacked a little bit of quality.”

Graham scored his first goal since October after a spell out injured, as he tucked home a low cross from Joe Morrell.

"We needed to make changes as the game was petering out,” said  Johnson. “We weren't really getting in with any force or passion or quality of passing.

"We had a lot of free kicks that went to their goalkeeper. I talked about game management to the team beforehand, and you have to adjust when it is cold and windy. You can’t just put the ball up and hope someone gets on the end of it.

“We needed to freshen it up and it mucked them up a little bit and it gave us the chance to get an equaliser.

“I’ve kept the same team for the right reasons and it can be frustrating for those on the sidelines.

“But you have to take your opportunity when it comes can Brian certainly did that. He gives us a good option.

“People won’t enjoy you not beating bottom of the league 5-0, but that’s football. I’d have liked to have got a result,” he added.

“But we had to get ourselves away from any relegation problems and I felt we have done that in recent games. They needed to win and we mucked that up for them.

“I feel safer but are still looking to play each game and see where we are.”

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