Cheltenham Town video: Steve Elliott says Harry Hooman will bounce back
STEVE Elliott has backed Harry Hooman to come back strongly from his afternoon to forget against Accrington Stanley last Saturday.
The young central defender was named Cheltenham Town's player of the month for August for a series of impressive performances at the start of the season, filling in for Alan Bennett and then keeping the skipper on the bench as he returned from a shoulder injury.
The Robins' most experienced player Elliott, who started his career in the top flight with Derby, has worked hard to keep 21-year-old Hooman's chin up after individual errors gifted Accrington two goals in their 3-0 victory at the Abbey Business Stadium.
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"You can't blame Harry because he's been superb for us in his first proper run of games," Elliott said.
"I have made plenty of mistakes in my career and the most important thing is that you learn from them and put them behind you quickly.
"Benno and I, the centre-halves union, will make sure his head doesn't go down. His form will dip sometimes because he's young and he'll be out of the team at times, but it's all part of learning curve.
"Harry has got to find consistency as soon as possible, but he has a big future and fantastic potential. He will be fine."
Elliott recalls a time when former England left-back Chris Powell, now manager at Charlton Athletic, helped him overcome an early disappointment in his career.
"I remember playing well for my debut in a cup tie for Derby and then I was dropped for the next league game and I couldn't fathom it," Elliott said.
"Chrissy Powell pulled me to one side, told me I had a big future and that I just had to keep going, keep doing the right things and my time would come. Harry will be an asset to this club for years to come, I am sure of it."
Elliott said Cheltenham must look ahead as they travel to Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday bidding to bounce back from their first defeat of the campaign.
"It was a bad day at the office last week and the lads are baffled by it, but we can't wait for next Saturday now," he said. "We want next Saturday to come now. We don't like losing games at home, especially games we feel we should have got points from.
"We have to put it behind us, move on and learn from it which we will as a team. We can't dwell on it for too long and we won't be too gutted about it because we have a tough run of games coming up.
"We'll get over it and be back on it at Wycombe.
"You have to keep a level head in all situations, good and bad."