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Johnson warns players to improve or face the axe

Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson insisted that his players need to shape up or they’ll be shipped out when the transfer window opens next month.

The Robins have lost four of their last five League Two matches after Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Exeter and are currently sat second from bottom in the table, three points from safety.

“The ones that are performing need to keep performing, and the ones that aren’t performing either need to get up to scratch or move on in a few weeks time,” said Johnson.

“When it comes to January we’ll have given all of them ample opportunity to see whether they can effect the game at this level.

“Unfortunately it’s got to the stage where some of them aren’t quite handling that, or they’re just not this level.”

Two goals from David Wheeler in the last 10 minutes handed the three points to Exeter despite an even game up until that point, and Johnson admitted that being clinical was one of his side’s biggest issues from the game.

He said: “Unfortunately you’re not going to win football matches if you don’t take a good percentage of your chances.

“We had some good chances, we hit the post and hit the crossbar and really we should have come in (at half time) in the lead.

“In both penalty areas we just weren’t good enough on the day. They took three of their chances, we only took one of ours.”

Cheltenham travel to Morecambe this coming weekend in their only other game before Christmas, and Johnson claimed that his side need to start picking up points so they’re not too far behind come the new year.

“Everybody’s getting results, so we need to liven ourselves up,” said Johnson.

“We need to get some points before January so we’re not adrift, and that will take a little bit or work on the training ground and also a bit of luck.”

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