Cheltenham Town video: Jamie Cureton can see promotion quality
JAMIE Cureton insists Cheltenham Town have the necessary quality to mount a promotion push this season, but only if they back it up with sheer hard graft.
Saturday's 2-1 victory at Dagenham and Redbridge was a special occasion for the striker who netted the 250th goal of his 20-year career.
He celebrated by unveiling a T-shirt emblazoned with '250 baby', savouring the moment, but he said the landmark goal was made even sweeter by the result for Mark Yates' men.
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Cureton has now called for Cheltenham to maintain the levels of workrate and commitment they showed at Victoria Road, which he believes is the key to climb up the table after their stuttering start.
"The manager asked for commitment and we had not really got going, but I think Saturday was our best all-round performance of the season," Cureton said.
"We listed all the things we needed to do which included commitment and desire and the manager wants to see them every game now, which should see us through.
"We have enough quality here, but we have to do the dirty side of the game and get in team's faces, then that quality comes through and I think we are more than capable of challenging for promotion."
Cureton warned against another false dawn, with previous improved displays not built upon by Cheltenham so far this term.
"We can't think we've cracked it because Saturday's performance can only be looked upon as a base," he said.
"The more we perform like we did at Dagenham, the more games we'll win and that has to be the benchmark now."
Cureton left Victoria Road clutching his T-shirt, which he plans to have signed by as many of his former strike partners as possible.
They are likely to include the likes of Barry Hayles, Peter Beadle, Jason Roberts, and Martin Butler.
"I want to have it signed by most of the strikers I've played with, which will involved a lot of trekking around and catching up with a few old friends," Cureton said.
"Hopefully I'll be getting one out with 300 on in a few years' time!"
Cureton's 250th strike was a spectacular effort over Dagenham goalkeeper Jordan Seabright from 30 yards.
"It was a special afternoon for me personally and with the position we are in, it was even better for us to get the win," he said.
"Jermaine (McGlashan) flicked it on, I took a touch and it bounced perfectly, so I was able to loop it over the goalie.
"I was always going to hit it and it was a nice one for 250 so I was pleased with it.
"I've scored a few from that sort of range and if you don't have a go, you won't score."
Cureton was also involved in Cheltenham's winner, which came from the head of defender Keith Lowe.
The 38-year-old nodded Sido Jombati's cross toward the bottom left corner, only for Seabright to make a save.
Troy Brown then directed the ball back towards goal, where Lowe was able to force it over from almost on the line.
Cureton was replaced by Terry Gornell in the 77th minute and he was not pleased about being taken off.
But he said after he had been given time to calm down he understood Yates' decision to change things around, with Cheltenham forced to withstand some late pressure from Dagenham.
"I hate coming off and I was frustrated, but we apologised to each other after the game and everything is fine," Cureton said.
"I want to play every minute of every game, but it was for the good of the team and I accept that.
"It was not a great reaction from me initially, but it's all OK now."
Cureton was given a tremendous reception from the travelling fans after the game.
"They have not seen a lot of me yet because of injuries, but it was nice to send them home happy on Saturday," he said.
* Cheltenham Town Reserves play Bristol Rovers Reserves in a friendly at Seasons on Tuesday afternoon (1pm).