Cheltenham Town: Steve Elliott answers fans' questions
Do you see yourself going into management or coaching after your retire from playing?
I'd like to yes. I am doing my badges and I'd like to go into coaching in some form or another, but whether that takes me down the pathway of management, I don't know. You never know, but I want to be fully prepared and gain as much knowledge as I can and if that opportunity arises, hopefully I can take it.
Who is the best defensive partner you have played with?
Igor Stimac at Derby County, who was a Croatian international and is now manager of the national team. He was a fantastic player, a great role model and I learned a lot from him.
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How has the squad dynamic changed this season?
Losing Marlon Pack was a big one for us. He kept us ticking over and fair play to him. You have to deal with losing your better players at this level and he has moved on. We miss that little pass in midfield, but we still have quality players in there who can do the job. There are a few areas in which we've lost a bit, but on the whole I think the squad is better.
What do you think has gone wrong defensively this season?
I am not sure, but things don't seem to have gone for us like they did last season, when we played worse in games and won at times. We are not getting the rub of the green, but we have to improve defensively as a team. Dave Kevan is helping us out in that department.
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How fit do you feel compared to last season and do you think there is plenty of life left in the legs yet?
I feel as fit and I am doing more gym work than last season. I am not sure how long's left, but I will try to go for as long as I can, hopefully a season or two more!
What do you think makes a good central defensive partnership?
Continuity definitely helps, building an understanding along with balance. If one is pacy and one can win a lot in the air, it can work well. But the principles of defending never change and it's about keeping the ball out of the net. If you have someone good alongside you then it helps, if not organisation and talking are important.
How would you describe what has gone wrong this season and how quickly can it be turned around?
It can change in one moment, I think, whether it's a game, a chance, or a decision. I am not sure what's gone wrong and we've played worse last season and won. We are doing all we can to be prepared and hopefully the results will start to come sooner rather than later.
What has been the best and worst games of your career?
The best was winning 2-1 against Liverpool at Anfield for Derby and the worst was our 8-1 defeat at Crewe in 2011, which I am still trying to forget about!
Who has been the toughest opponent you've faced?
Gianfranco Zola for Chelsea. His movement was unbelievable and they beat us 4-1.
Who is the best striker you've faced in League Two for Cheltenham?
Tom Pope at Port Vale last season. Everything he hit seemed to go into the net and he is a handful as well. Jamie Cureton was also a very tough opponent, despite being about 45 years old now!
What do you think the main aim should be for this season now?
We should be aiming for the play-offs. We are only 10 games in and we just need to show signs we are improving and we did that in the second half against Scunthorpe despite the result (2-0 defeat).
What's the best goal you've scored?
Against Gillingham at home for Bristol Rovers, – a left foot shot into the top corner from 30 yards!