Date: 6th August 2015 at 7:39pm
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Ahead of the National League opener against Lincoln City this weekend, manager Gary Johnson has said he’s looking forward to seeing how Cheltenham open the campaign.

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the Conference opener following last season’s relegation from League Two, Johnson said he was relishing the opportunity to see how we began his first full season in charge following what he believed had been a productive pre season both on and off the pitch for the club.

Beginning with pre season he explained.

On Pre-season:

‘Pre season has been fantastic. The reason is we got all the boys near enough in from day one. It’s 16 signings now and I think we had 14 in from day one of pre season. That gave me 6 weeks to work with them. Some teams are still making late signings for their starting 11, but we’ve worked the 6 weeks with what I felt was going to be the starting 11 and that hasn’t changed much.
It’s turned out really well for us, we’ve seen what the boys have got and there’s a positive mood among the board of directors and the supporters and that’s really important for us when we kick-off our home game on Tuesday.’

Johnson went on to say for Lincoln people have probably got a good idea what his starting eleven will be for the match but equally that means so can the opposition.

‘We’ve got to be better than that and we’ve got to make sure whatever other teams see or think of us we have got to go and perform and put in that desire and quality that you need to win football matches at any level.’

Part of that obviously means having a good start and having targets that are achievable.

‘I don’t think games at the start are harder to win, but they could be more important to win. You need a good start, you need 20 points after the first 10 games. That should put you in the top 2 or 3. If you maintain the 2 points per game average throughout the season you’ll end up getting promoted probably.’

Johnson goes on to say that he feels any side that reach 92 points for the year would be really unlucky to miss out on promotion so that has to be our overall aim and we get there by trying to average two points a match over the league season.

‘It’s about getting the momentum and keeping the positive feeling. It’s also about the confidence, there’s great positivity here. The boys are very positive about their teammates, the tactics, they beleive in what we are doing. I know that from the meetings we are having, the DVDs we watch and during training. I’m comfortable that the boys are heading into the games having prepared properly. I’m mentally pretty sharp on what I want them to do.’

As for our summer incomings he went on to add.

‘As we sit here now I’ve been really pleased with the business the club has done. I keep saying it, credit to everybody. Obviously we’ve got some new sponsors in new and the budgets have stayed the same. The board have decided that we can go slightly over because hopefully if we have a good team we’ll have higher gates and hopefully a cup run. We’ve certainly speculated. I’ve pushed and pushed and am very happy with the work we’ve done. Credit to the club.’

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