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Gary Johnson lauds “fantastic performance” from Robins

Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson has heaped praise on his side following their hard-fought 1-0 victory over Lincoln City at Whaddon Road.

Danny Wright’s 30th minute strike proved to be the difference as the Robins edged past their recently-promoted rivals on Saturday afternoon. The result saw Cheltenham return to winning ways following their disappointing 3-2 defeat to Grimsby Town on Tuesday.

With the fixtures coming thick and fast, it was crucial that Cheltenham didn’t fall to a second consecutive defeat following a promising run of five wins in six league games. However, Johnson was proud of the way his side performed and responded following the midweek loss.

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“I thought it was a fantastic performance by everybody, especially our goalkeeper,” said Johnson.

“Our players have worked very hard over the last few days to try and get some form of pattern and shape that we could all adhere to against a team that are very strong and compromising and we went toe to toe with them to come out on top.

“The lads were disappointed in themselves (after Grimsby) and we had to change something. I keep saying to them if you keep getting hit in the head with a stick then you have to duck, we ducked this time and had to forsake our passing game to get it up to our two strikers and work it from there.”

One player who has received huge plaudits following the victory is goalkeeper Scott Flinders, who produced a couple of match-winning saves towards the end of the contest.

Johnson was clearly delighted with Flinders, who arrived in the summer from Hartlepool United, and is pleased to have managed to secure the signature of the experienced shot-stopper.

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“It’s what goalkeepers have to do, their goalkeeper made two fantastic saves and ours had to deal with two deflected strikes and one that swerved in the wind.

“Scott made his two saves with the wind against him so the shots come in a little bit quicker as they move a bit. We did well to get him and he’s been a great signing for us.”

You can watch highlights of the Robins’ victory over the Imps’ here:

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