Cheltenham Town video: Drop has given me the kick up the backside I needed
RUSS Penn has admitted he could have few complaints about being left out of Cheltenham Town's starting line-up last week.
But the Robins' skipper hopes he made enough of an impact from the bench against Portsmouth to earn a recall for tomorrow's home match against Oxford United.
Within seconds of joining the action against Pompey, Penn had put in a trademark full-blooded challenge to win the ball and lift the crowd, with the ex-Premier League club leading 1-0.
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Jermaine McGlashan soon levelled, but Pompey regained the lead against the run of play before half-time.
McGlashan's second in the 92nd minute earned Cheltenham a point and Penn wants to return from the start alongside David Noble against unbeaten Oxford.
"I was disappointed to be on the bench of course, but I took it on the chin because personally and as a team performances have not been as good as we'd like," Penn said.
"I have no qualms and the gaffer (Mark Yates) is in charge so I respect his decision.
"To play every game as well as you can do is tough at this level and in the last two years I've always had a bit on the bench, but come back and played well afterwards, so hopefully this is the kick up the backside I needed.
"You want to start games like I started first five minutes when I went on, on Saturday and hopefully I'll have that chance tomorrow."
Penn has been impressed with the ball-playing Noble in his match and a half since arriving on loan until January from League One side Rotherham United.
"He is a Marlon (Pack) type figure and we've seen how comfortable and relaxed on the ball he is," Penn said.
"He looks a very good acquisition and he's come in, played a game and a half and shown what he can do.
"We just need to tighten things up at he back now."
Penn was offered the armband by acting skipper Scott Brown at half-time against Pompey, but he wanted the goalkeeper to keep it.
"Scotty was captain for the day and we need five or six captains on pitch, not just one," he said. "He's been great and we all have to follow his standards.
"We can't all play well every single week, but we have to make sure there are many more good performances than bad."