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Gaffer: Players must show they can be part of plans

30 March 2018


Gaffer: Players must show they can be part of plans

30 March 2018

Manager Gary Johnson challenged his players to prove they want to be part of the future at the Robins after the 1-0 defeat to Carlisle United at the LCI Rail Stadium.

Jamie Devitt’s 74th minute penalty settled the match to end the Robins’ five match unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two.

“We didn’t have that cohesion and we made that one mistake which has cost us the game,” admitted Johnson.

“We’ve had 20 shots or more and more of the play, which was good play, so it’s a shame that the game ended like it did because the boys have played some good football.”

“I’ve just said to the boys in there that we can ask a question now when we sign people on in terms of which ones we keep, whether they’re in contract or not.

“We’ve got to say is this player good enough to get us promoted next year, or to get us in the play-offs at least.

“If it’s a no then they may have to find pastures new and we have to find the players now which can take us up the table and towards a play-off place.

“That’s the big question, some of the players may be able to answer it themselves because some are good enough, but others are a little bit short.”

Despite the defeat, Johnson was pleased with his side’s performance, with the hosts having most of the possession and territory throughout the match.

“It was a good home performance, we played some good football at times looking sharp despite not having too many chances,” he added.

“We had a lot of blocked shots, Mo (Eisa) had six or seven blocked where they threw themselves in front of it, it’s an area they do well in.

“They defend very well as they have a lot of experience and if they can’t take the ball off you, then they foul you because they are pretty big and decent at defending set-plays.”

“All in all, it’s a learning process for me and some have earned themselves a place in my mind for next year and some have lost it a little bit and that’s how I have to see these last few games now.

“I think the club is ready to give it a push next year now,” he continued.

“All we need to do is get 15 players to play to that standard and win football matches.”

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