Cheltenham Town video: Now Byron has to do that every week - Yates
CHELTENHAM Town boss Mark Yates said he was relieved to see the best of Byron Harrison in Tuesday night's dramatic Capital One Cup over League One Crawley Town.
Harrison followed up his goal in the Robins' League Two opener against Burton Albion last Saturday with two goals, including the 112th-minute winner, as Cheltenham prevailed 4-3 after extra time.
He was also brought down for a penalty from which Matt Richards made it 1-1 before half-time.
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Yates, who paid AFC Wimbledon £25,000 for Harrison's services in January, said the 26-year-old must now show that sort of form on a regular basis.
"Byron has been a bit of a worry to me in the last couple of weeks, if I am honest," Yates said.
"But I asked him to play with a smile and like I know he can play and he was unplayable on Tuesday.
"Crawley turned down a £500,000 for (Kyle) McFadzean last season who is a top player, but Byron showed what he was all about and absolutely battered him in the air and on the floor.
"I wouldn't say it's been a long time coming, but it's taken a while and we've had to be patient with him.
"Now he has shown us what he can do we need it Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday and so on.
"He has to be like that week in week out and if he is, Jamie Cureton doesn't get in my team when he's fit."
Cureton is sidelined for six weeks with a shoulder injury picked up against Burton as he scored the opening goal.
Yates said that assistant manager Neil Howarth had devoted time to making sure Harrison was mentally right for the start of the season after a poor performance in Cheltenham's final friendly of the season at Kidderminster Harriers, where they lost 3-1.
"Byron was shocking against Kidderminster and I told him that, but since then Neil has done a lot of one-to-one work with him, got into his head and that's the player I signed in January," Yates said.
"He is a smashing lad and he has absolutely everything, but we have to get it out of him all the time and he has to learn not beat himself up too much."
Meanwhile, Steve Elliott is a doubt for Saturday's trip to Chesterfield after picking up an injury during Tuesday's victory.
The key central defender started all 46 of the Robins' League Two matches last term, but he tweaked his knee joint in the cup classic.
Elliott, 34, was replaced by Keith Lowe in the 104th minute and the affected area settled down overnight, but he remains in discomfort and may now miss one of the toughest away trips of the season.
Chesterfield were among the pre-season favourites for promotion this season along with Portsmouth and big-spending Fleetwood Town.
If former Derby County, Blackpool and Bristol Rovers man Elliott fails to recover in time, he is likely to be replaced by either Lowe or 18-year-old loan prospect Ryan Inniss from Crystal Palace, who is yet to make his senior debut.
Inniss was not involved in the League Cup, having not been given permission to play by his parent club.
Whoever is picked will partner summer signing from Aldershot Town Troy Brown at the heart of the Cheltenham back four.
■ Striker Bobbie Dale has rejoined Calor League Division One South and West club Bishop's Cleeve on work experience.
The second year scholar will cover for former Robins professional Jake Lee who has sustained a broken foot.