Date: 20th October 2014 at 11:29am
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Manager Gary Johnson has talked about his pride in the side as they battled to a well earned point against Swindon Town.

With a run of form not being the best pleasing and on the back of the four one hammering by Port Vale, Johnson made eight changes to the starting eleven and he was looking for a reaction from the team and a lot on the day, that saw James Hayter give us the lead, before they levelled, pleased the manager as he spoke to the Western Gazette.

‘We certainly got out what we were looking for. We got a first half with the competitiveness and the will to win which was the least we had to show. Swindon play a game where the keeper is sometimes their best player as far as an outfield player is concerned and we got over that by closing them down. In the second half they went a little quicker going forward and I would have liked us to have been a bit more assured on the ball.’

Given the results and the way we have been playing it’s probably understandable that with confidence and belief low the players were a little shaky, especially in the second period but of course the gaffer was delighted to see us see the game out and come out with something to show for our efforts and we just have to hope that this is the penny falling now when it comes to some consistency.

‘I’m proud of the lads because of the turnaround from Port Vale to here was magnificent and they certainly gave their all – we can only be proud of them.’

As for the number of changes he made, Johnson said the team had known for the majority of the week what he planned to do and he was of course delighted with the debut of Crystal Palace youngster Ryan Inniss describing him as an ‘organiser’ and even though he’s young, he’s commanding in presence and people listen to him.

Being pleased we saw the game out was one thing but the gaffer did have to admit that there is a twinge of disappointment given we were leading in the game, but hopefully it’s a building block now for us.

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