Cheltenham Town: Scott Brown expects tough test at Chesterfield
SCOTT Brown believes today's match at Chesterfield will provide a good early test of Cheltenham Town's promotion credentials.
The long-serving goalkeeper was beaten four times at the Proact Stadium last season with only Kaid Mohamed replying for Mark Yates' men.
The Spireites finished one place outside the play-offs, but they are fully expected to be challenging for a top-three finish this time around.
Brown, who kept 19 clean sheets in 46 League Two matches last season to top the divisional chart, knows Cheltenham are in for a stern test from Paul Cook's team.
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"It's going to be a tough game and if we keep a clean sheet, I think we will be one of not many teams to do that at Chesterfield this season because they are going to be very strong," he said.
"We lost 4-1 last year, but there is no point thinking about the past because it's a new season and we have new players.
"But Chesterfield have a good budget there, a very good manager and they are a well-supported club so we will be up against it.
"If we want to finish in the top three, we need to go to places like this and get results."
Cheltenham's League Two campaign opened with a 2-2 home draw against Burton Albion.
They followed that up with a 4-3 extra-time victory over League One Crawley Town in the Capital One Cup second round on Tuesday.
Brown said he was now keen to register his first clean sheet.
"We want that first win in the league and that first clean sheet," he said.
"Once we get that, we can start relaxing and we'll be a little anxious until we get our first ones and they will start to fly by so we want to tick all the boxes as early as possible."
Brown's back four has a new look to it this season, with Troy Brown joining Steve Elliott at centre-half and long-term loan man Craig Braham-Barrett preferred to Billy Jones at left-back.
Brown praised his namesake, who was brought in from Aldershot Town on a two-year deal in the summer.
"Troy has been brilliant and Crawley must have put about 50-odd crosses in, but he and Stevie headed everything away," he said.
"Troy is a great lad around the place for such a young lad he's a good talker too, so he looks a great signing and I have enjoyed playing with him."
A huge clearance from goalkeeper Brown resulted in Cheltenham's first goal against Burton, with Jamie Cureton scoring and picking up a shoulder injury in the process.
"I am definitely claiming the assist for that and I also played a part in the fourth goal against Crawley!" Brown said.
"Managers of lower league clubs want a goalkeeper who can kick it a long way and it's definitely a weapon because you can push the opposition 20 or 30 yards further back."