Date: 12th October 2015 at 10:25am
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Manager Gary Johnson has said that with Cheltenham Town picking up too many draws of late, single points from games will no longer suffice if we are to push ourselves back into the Football League for next season.

In quotes carried by the Gloucestershire Echo following the one all draw with Gateshead at the weekend, the gaffer explained.

‘We’re disappointed with another draw, albeit away from home against a team that are doing well. We are having too many draws at the minute and it’s time that we turned a few into wins. If we are going to win the league – which is the message – you have to prove it. You can’t be lucky. We didn’t look the best team in the division on Saturday and I want that to come sooner rather than later.’

Skipper Aaron Downes was also singing from the same hymnsheet when he spoke to the media following the game, and for him it was time to sort out the trend we are showing of starting slowly and putting in poor performances in the opening 45 minutes.

‘To get a point here and a point there is not good enough for where we want to be. We played okay in patches but weren’t really at the races. We can’t fault the lads’ work rate, there is never a lack of effort from these boys. I would gladly go to war with any one of them. Sometimes it’s just a lack of quality and discipline that can hurt us. We let ourselves and the gaffer down in the first half and we were determined to have something to show. We can’t keep having rollockings at half-time and coming back. We need to look at it and improve. We must be top of the league for coming back, but we know that needs to change. We have that belief and it’s a great habit to have, but we don’t want to do it every week.’

With the mention of ‘rollockings’ and the hope I’ve spelt that correctly, going back to Johnson, he added.

‘I told them the truth about the way they were playing individually and collectively. They weren’t kind words. I know that these boys have got it in them to turn it around and it’s credit to them that they did, but then they had enough to go and win it. The message was ‘you’re not playing very well lads so go out early and get it sorted’. I had a good 10 minutes with them and told them then to go out and talk it through among themselves too. We picked it up, did a bit more and deserved the goal. Then it was a case of whoever took the next chance, we had a couple and didn’t take them.’

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