Cheltenham Town video: Win tomorrow and York point is okay
RUSS Penn says last Saturday's battling draw at York City will only be a good result if Cheltenham Town claim maximum points at home to Morecambe tomorrow night.
The midfielder was recalled to the starting line-up for the long trip to Bootham Crescent, returning to the role he fulfilled for the majority of last season just behind a lone front man.
Penn linked up well with his former Burton Albion team-mate Shaun Harrad and both players went close to breaking the deadlock in the first half, but in the end Cheltenham had to settle for a hard-fought point.
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Having won their last home match 2-1 against Oxford United, Penn wants to make it seven points from nine against the Shrimps tomorrow (7.45pm) as the Robins bid to climb up the League Two table.
"A draw at York will be a great result if we win on Friday, which would make it seven from nine and we'd really be starting to kick on," Penn said.
"We've looked good since the skipper (Alan Bennett) has come back and long may it continue.
"I can tell now we are getting a base, getting to know each other and starting to look solid again.
"We were comfortable at the start of the season, but some results didn't go our way.
"In the next couple of months you'll see us pushing up right there because we have the players to do that."
The main disappointment for Penn at York was the quality of Cheltenham's final balls, with several set pieces and crossing opportunities wasted.
He also saw a seemingly goal-bound shot from inside the penalty area well blocked by Jamal Fyfield after Harrad had seen his header blocked by goalkeeper Michael Ingham.
Penn said: "York are a team on the up and you never know what you are going to get, so to go there and grind out a 0-0 is a good result.
"We are a bit frustrated with certain things, but we'd have taken a point before the game.
"The final balls should have been better because we got into six or seven good positions and hit the keeper a lot and didn't penetrate the game.
"I thought we looked comfortable at the back.
"I had a chance and I haven't been in those positions for a long time, but the lad threw himself at it and it hit his knee. I should have scored, but it wasn't to be."
Penn managed two goals last season and he wants to improve his strike rate having found the net on a more regular basis at his former clubs.
"I would definitely like to score more goals and I used to be a goalscorer, but it's gone out of my game and I want to bring it back," he said.