Cheltenham Town: Russ Penn urges Robins to hit winning form before West Ham clash
CHELTENHAM Town must secure six points from their next two league games before heading to West Ham United, believes captain Russ Penn.
The midfielder said that before they can think about going to Upton Park for their Capital One Cup second-round tie against the Hammers on August 27, wins over Plymouth Argyle and Accrington Stanley are crucial.
The Robins have claimed one point from the first two League Two games, drawing against Burton and losing to Chesterfield.
Penn said that while there have been positive aspects of play in each match, the side need to sustain those moments for the entire 90 minutes if they are to push for promotion once again.
The 27-year-old said: "If we're on one point heading to West Ham it won't have the same effect.
"We have two big games before we can even think about enjoying that game. We are relatively pleased with how the season has started but obviously disappointed about losing to Chesterfield.
"One point from two matches is obviously not where we wanted to be, but there are positives. We need to move on.
"Whatever happens on match day happens. We've just got to be ready for the fight."
The former Burton man believed his side showed Chesterfield too much respect, especially in the first half, and is adamant his side will learn from those mistakes.
While the Robins were a much improved outfit in the second half, they let the Spireites dominate play, and Penn insists it cannot happen again.
He said: "We can't show teams like that too much respect, they aren't West Ham, who we face in two weeks.
"They were more comfortable on the ball, and we didn't really penetrate them in the way we wanted to.
"We didn't quite come out the blocks in the first half and that's where the game was won and lost.
"But they are a team that are in our league, a team that finished mid-table last year, so we need to get that out of our systems quick.
"There are a lot of teams in our league who are going to be up there this year, and we are going to be as well.
"There are things to work on, but we'll get these bad games out the way early doors."
Penn, who became accustomed to playing alongside former Cheltenham man Marlon Pack last season, said that Matt Richards has been good addition to the squad.
Cheltenham have adopted a 4-4-2 formation so far this season, with Richards and Penn operating in the centre of midfield.
Penn said: "Matt is great. You can tell from his experience he's played at a higher level and that he will be good for the squad.
"The formation we play depends on personnel. If you've got two up front, you've got more attacking options.
"The three that we've had in recent years have linked up well together but it doesn't always work with personnel. The gaffer knows his team best so we'll do what he says."