Cheltenham Town video: 'Cold showers, no heating all part of learning curve' - Michael Hector
MICHAEL Hector says there will be no culture shock as Cheltenham Town visit Accrington Stanley.
The Reading loan defender experienced the less than luxurious surroundings of the Crown Ground during his time with Barnet last term.
His team won 3-0 that day, with Sam Deering among the Bees' scorers.
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Hector may be contracted to a club in the top flight, but he has built up plenty of experience at lower-level football, with spells at a host of non-League and League clubs.
The 20-year-old has turned out for Didcot Town, Bracknell and Havant and Waterlooville and he sees the cold showers and poky changing rooms at Accrington as all part of his learning curve.
"I remember we played at Accrington in December last season and half the pitch was frozen, so it shouldn't really have been played," Hector said.
"It's not a nice place and it was like going back to my non-League days.
"They definitely use it to their advantage because the showers were cold and the heating wasn't on, but it's good to experience these things."
Another new experience for Hector was the booing he was subjected to from some of Aldershot Town fans in last week's 1-1 draw at Whaddon Road.
Hector turned down a chance to extend his loan spell with struggling Aldershot to join promotion-chasing Cheltenham.
"It was a funny playing against them and strange being booed, but that's football and you have to get on with it," Hector said.
"You don't get that in reserve games and in League Two matches there is atmosphere, tension and pressure to win games, so it's good to be here on loan and play in these games."
Hector wants to stay at Cheltenham for the rest of the season and all being well his loan spell will be extended next week. Boss Mark Yates has encouraged him to try and play the ball out from defence, but he is also aware that with valuable points at stake in Cheltenham's push for promotion, he cannot afford to take too many risks.
"The gaffer wants us to play from the back if we can, but the way the pitches now after the snow means it's hard to pass it," Hector said.
"He wants us to get it forward because if we make a mistake it's going to cost us like it did at Dagenham, so he doesn't want us to take risks.
"It's going to be a battle at times now, with a lot of the pitches not really made for playing football, but we have battlers and ball players so we can cope with different types of games."