Cheltenham Town video: Defeat by Plymouth was kick up the backside says Russ Penn
RUSS Penn believes Cheltenham Town have been given a much-needed "kick up the backside" by their 3-1 home defeat by Plymouth Argyle.
The Robins skipper admitted there were "hundreds of things wrong" with his own performance last Saturday, but he is confident the setback has refocused every player ahead of this afternoon's match at Accrington Stanley (3pm).
"We were so below par against Plymouth it was untrue," Penn said.
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"But every team has a game like that at some point in their season and maybe we needed that kick up the backside.
"We are not at all happy with start to the season we've made and we have to put it right as quickly as we can."
Penn feels early home defeats by Accrington (3-0) and Southend (3-1) last season were a turning point in Cheltenham's fortunes as they recovered to reach the play-offs for a second successive season.
"We had two bad home defeats and it turned our season around because we didn't lose at home in the league for the rest of the year," he said.
"It's a shame the unbeaten run came to an end with such a sorry performance, but I am glad in a way because maybe we needed it.
"I was embarrassed coming into training and having to watch my performance on the DVD, but I have been pleased with my consistency since I've been at Cheltenham and I don't think I've had many bad games back to back.
"If I picked I will be doing everything I can to prove people wrong and I don't think it can get much worse than last week!"
With Terry Gornell fit and fellow front man Jamie Cureton close to being available after a shoulder injury, Penn remains convinced Cheltenham are in for a successful season.
"You don't want Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney out injured in the first three weeks of the season do you, but that's what we've had here with Terry and Jamie," Penn said.
"It'll be a massive plus to see them fit again and the quicker they are back the better."
Penn missed last season's match at Accrington through injury, but he is fired up to help Cheltenham earn their first three-point haul of the campaign at the Crown Ground against James Beattie's men.
"Whoever we were playing this weekend, you were going to see a completely different performance," he said.
"It's time to put things right and hopefully Accrington will feel the backlash because we'll scrap to make sure we come out on top."