Cheltenham Town video: Back to fitness, Byron Harrison targets a run in the side
BYRON Harrison believes he is returning to full sharpness after a back injury disrupted the middle of his season.
The striker opened his goalscoring account for Cheltenham Town in their 3-1 defeat at Burton Albion on Saturday.
The January deadline day signing from AFC Wimbledon leapt highest to nod in Kaid Mohamed's cross, capping an impressive second-half performance after replacing Jason Taylor at the break.
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Harrison was in fine form for Wimbledon, netting six goals in ten matches before the back problem struck, hampering his final months and leaving him short of full fitness after joining the Robins for a five-figure fee.
"I wanted to get my first Cheltenham goal out of the way as quickly as possible and I would have preferred it to be in a win, but now I want to show a better side of me," Harrison said.
"The back injury disrupted my season, when I was scoring goals, but hopefully Saturday was the start of me coming back to full form and I am looking forward to the games now.
"I tried to play through it at Wimbledon, but that made it worse and I didn't train or play much for the last couple of months before I came here so I had to be patient.
"I have got my fitness up now and I want to make the sort of impact I made from the bench on Saturday from the start of games and keep a starting shirt in the team."
Harrison is likely to have done enough at Burton to be seriously considered for a start in Saturday's home match against Rotherham United.
"The only thing you can hope to do from the bench is make an impact," he said.
"Sometimes it's not easy, but the team who have started the last few matches before Burton had done well so I've had to be patient, but I am getting sharper and hopefully that's showing on the pitch now.
"I had a few half chances I felt I should have done better with.
"I was desperate to get a goal and I managed to get on a good delivery from Mo and hopefully I can crack on from here now."
Cheltenham were kept in the dressing room for longer than usual after the final whistle at the Pirelli Stadium and Harrison said boss Mark Yates took time to emphasise to his players just how important the next eight matches are.
"He was expressing how displeased he was because this is the crunch time in the season and he wants to win as much as anyone," Harrison said. "He put that across to the team.
"In these big games at the top, sometimes the luck goes against you.
"Since I've been here, we've handled the other big games better than we did at Burton but it was a bad day at the office
"We started well enough, but we all know goals can change games and the three goals they got were sloppy and they allowed them to break on us.
"Fair play to the lads, we didn't stop trying to score, but three goals was too much for us in the end.
"We'll have a hard week of training now and I am looking forward to playing against Rotherham on Saturday, who are another big side.
"We are licking our wounds at the moment, but we need to come back against Rotherham and get a more positive result."