Cheltenham Town video: Clean sheet just around the corner - Elliott
STEVE Elliott is confident a first clean sheet of the season is not far away for Cheltenham Town's new-look back four.
Mark Yates' team host Plymouth Argyle this afternoon (3pm) looking for their first League Two victory.
They have so far drawn 2-2 at home with Burton Albion and lost 2-0 at Chesterfield, either side of a 4-3 Capital One Cup triumph against Crawley.
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Cheltenham topped the shut-out table last term with 19.
While they have shipped seven goals in their opening three games, Elliott feels his partnership with summer signing from Aldershot Town Troy Brown has real potential.
"I think the partnership is developing and it will take time, but Troy is a good player so that first clean sheet won't be too far off," Elliott (inset) said.
"Troy is strong, good in the air and quick and we are working hard to find that understanding.
"We are just desperate for that win and clean sheet now."
Elliott felt Cheltenham showed Chesterfield too much respect last week, when goals from Gary Roberts and Eoin Doyle sealed the points for Paul Cook's Spireites, who are one of the favourites for the title this season.
"I came off feeling disappointed at Chesterfield," said Elliott, who shook off a knee injury to play. "The general consensus afterwards was that we gave them more respect because we had a talk last week about there being nobody to fear in League Two.
"We've been up there challenging for two seasons in a row now and we've improved the squad, so we should not fear anyone."
Elliott said he had been buoyed this week by his good friend and ex-Bristol Rovers team-mate Rickie Lambert's goalscoring debut for England.
Lambert, 31, scored with his first touch to seal a 3-2 friendly win over Scotland and Wembley on Wednesday night.
"I was very proud when that goal went in," said Elliott.
"We could all see at Rovers he had something special.
"He was never the quickest or fittest, but he had a real eye for goal and he really kicked on after joining Southampton and all the hard work has paid off for him.
"I texted him after the game and I knew he'd be inundated, but he replied in the early hours.
"When we got promoted with Rovers in 2007, I think it dawned on Rickie that he could go even higher and he worked extremely hard. It's worked wonders for him and it was a classic Lambo goal on Wednesday."