Date: 11th August 2015 at 4:31pm
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Following the opening National League game of the season against Lincoln, manager Gary Johnson is hoping to see us continue our one game unbeaten run so far.

Audio – Johnson & Munns Following Lincoln

A one all draw at Sincil Bank left the gaffer wanting the Cheltenham side to show a much better clinical edge in front of goal, but picking up a point on our return to the Conference he hopes is the start of an unbeaten run that we can now build on.

Speaking to the Gloucestershire Echo following the game, the gaffer explained that whilst clearly there are improvements to be made, there are positives to take into the coming games against Aldershot and Southport.

‘It’s too early to say that it’s two points lost. We deserved a lot more in the first half. We had two penalty appeals and two or three very good chances. In this league and in any league you have to score two goals, especially against a team who plays percentage football and who put it down your throats. They had corners and throw-ins and that’s how they put us under pressure. We didn’t hold on to the ball well enough in the second half and that’s one of our strengths. Maybe some of the younger lads aren’t used to that having to them, it was a case of welcome to the National League for them.’

Johnson went on to say that the aim going into tonight’s game would be to take that first 45 minute showing and make it last over 90 minutes, but again he knows if we’d have taken a two goal lead against Lincoln we’d have come out with the points so we have to make sure we kill teams off in the future.

‘We demoralised Lincoln in the first half but we only got the one goal and when that happens you run the risk of the opposition throwing men forward and getting back in it. You always have to score two goals a game. We should have done, but we didn’t and we went home disappointed and our supporters were disappointed as we were strong in that first half.’

With the result not being what he wanted, and he said he wouldn’t have taken a draw ahead of the game either, there were positives from debutants on the day and that will stand them in good stead moving forward – especially as they now know what the National League is all about.

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