Gary Johnson: Changes will be made in January

Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson admitted after Saturday’s loss to Cambridge that he will make changes to the squad when the transfer window opens in January.

The Robins conceded three goals for the second time in a week in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Cambridge United after also losing 3-0 to Colchester last Tuesday.

The result means that Cheltenham remain in the bottom two and are winless in their last four league games.

“Sometimes players prove that, over a period of time, they’re not good enough to play at this level,” said Johnson.

“It’s not wholesale surgery, but it’s not tinkering either. We’ve got to find those that we know will do a job at this level.

“I don’t want to say that I’m getting rid of everybody because there’s a few of them that can play at this level with better quality around them.”

Cheltenham were on an unbeaten run of over 10 games before they lost at Hartlepool just two weeks ago, but things have since gone wrong as The Robins have failed to maintain that sort of form in their last few matches.

When asked why he thinks there’s been a dip in form, Johnson said: “Some of them have lost their confidence, some of them have never played this amount of games at this intensity and this level before, and that’s showing at the moment.

“Our squad numbers are pretty thin because of the injuries we’ve got and the suspensions that we’ve got.

“There’s some lads that don’t look after themselves as well as others, that doesn’t mean to say that they’re totally unprofessional, but it does mean that they’ve got to look after themselves a little bit more.”

It’s unclear what positions that the Robins boss will look to improve on, but he did speak about a lack of threat going forward after Saturday’s game, which could suggest he’s looking out for a striker.

There’s also a general shortage of numbers in both of the wing back positions, and Johnson cited an absence of creativity in the centre of midfield – another position that he might look to improve in January.

The Cheltenham boss did claim that there’s plenty of time left in the season for his team to improve their situation, though, provided that they have a strong transfer window.

“Now we’re down at the bottom and we’ve got to fight to get above that dotted line, and that’s what we’ll do.

“There’s plenty of time to get out of it, there’s lots of other teams who aren’t performing at the moment and we’ll just have to hope that they carry on their poor form longer than us.

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