Date: 19th October 2015 at 1:34pm
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Manager Gary Johnson hasn’t pulled any punches in his summation of the one all draw with Eastleigh at the weekend.

Having been delighted with the first half performance and having seen us take the lead through Munns to lead at the half time break, Johnson was not impressed with the no show in the second half that allowed them in to steal two points from us.

Speaking to the Gloucestershire Echo in his post game press conference an irate Johnson moaned about our failure to take all three points and put ourselves in top spot in the National League – describing it as the worst performance of the season after the break.

‘We were as bad in the second half as we were decent in the first half. I said to the boys before the game that they were decent and that if we gave them time to play and if we weren’t on top of them they were dangerous. We were on top of them in the first half and perhaps a few started to believe their own publicity. Not one player performed in the second half and came out of it with any credit. We sat back, we couldn’t get hold of it up front and couldn’t get on the ball in midfield. We couldn’t defend a lively team in the second half and it proves that if you let a team play, they can be dangerous.’

Johnson went on to say that he was as ‘frustrated’ as he’s been all season because it was categorically the ‘worst we’ve played’ this year in terms of a 45 minute showing.

‘It was like a group of kids out there that we’ve taken off the street. People whose glass is half full will say that it isn’t a bad point. But I always look at the performance and that wasn’t good enough to win the league.’

One thing maybe stopping him from throwing a few teacups around is the fact that he believes we are still ‘in credit’ points wise given the solid start to the season so we have brought ourselves some wriggle room on results and we’ve brought ourselves a bad day – but it cannot become a habit or a trend if we are to reach the aims we have set ourselves this year.

The paper also reported that they believe the gaffer will dip into the market for a winger this week, but whether that’s free agent or loan remains to be seen and no further details were given, but should he make a move it will be ahead of the FA Cup fourth qualifying game against Havant and Waterlooville.

‘They have put in performances in most games and it’s important to remember we are second in the league, a point behind the leaders. There are always going to be teams quite close to us as there are good teams in it. But if you are going to win the league you have to be consistent. You certainly can’t afford to be inconsistent in games like we were on Saturday, especially with performances so different. We were a seven out of ten in the first half and I couldn’t even give us a nought out of ten in the second half, that would be too much. We didn’t come out with enough team energy after the break for whatever reason. Players are human and perhaps they thought they can take it easier because of our good first half. But they can’t. Players are in this league because of their inconsistency and that is where we need to be better as a group, over 90 minutes. I have to be honest too, otherwise they won’t appreciate it as much when I tell them that they have been great.’

The faith they will be ‘great’ is still there and rightly so as everybody is entitled to a bad day at the office, but going a little old school he added.

‘We will also do a lot of running in the week, so we make them realise that they have to run in games otherwise they will run in training. There was a lack of effort, but that wasn’t conscious. When that happens at this level at this level you can get hit. When that inconsistency comes we can’t hide from it. We have had three tough games in a week, but so did Eastleigh. We have to be better than that and we have to work harder and be better than that, otherwise we won’t win the league.’

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