Cheltenham Town video: Let's cut out the mistakes - Scott Brown
SCOTT Brown knows Cheltenham Town must stop giving themselves mountains to climb if they are to turn around their fortunes quickly.
The long-serving goalkeeper has been beaten 21 times in nine matches this season, with calamitous defending leaving with one victory from six League Two games.
Brown admits he has been perplexed by the sudden defensive problems, with Cheltenham keeping more clean sheets than any other team in the division last term.
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But he said cutting out the basic errors is the only way they will become watertight again.
"We can't keep defending like we have been and expecting the forward players to score three or four goals to win us a game," Brown said.
"It's been disappointing so far, but we are working hard to put it right as a team and as individuals.
"We've been in on Sundays after matches, watching the DVD and seeing where we've gone wrong, but we are not conceding the same type of goals and individual errors have been costing us."
Brown has been ever-present for Cheltenham since Jack Butland's loan spell from Birmingham City came to an end in April 2012.
His form last year earned him the supporters' player of the year award and he has been the one man to escape criticism from boss Mark Yates so far this season.
After taking off skipper Russ Penn at half-time against Plymouth Argyle in last week's Johnstone's Paint Trophy first round tie, Brown was handed the armband.
And he was named captain for Saturday's home match against Portsmouth.
Brown, 28, said he was proud to skipper the side, but that his game did not change as a result.
"I was surprised and proud to wear the armband and the manager took me to one side before the game as said he'd like me to be captain and I was more than happy to," Brown said.
"I think I talk and encourage naturally anyway, but it's still really nice to have it.
"It doesn't change my game and Russ Penn is still our team captain when he's on the pitch.
"I wanted to give it to him when he came on against Portsmouth, but he told me to keep it.
"I'm the same with or without it and it's the same for Russ or anyone else.
"We have a lot of leaders out there who all encourage each other and get behind each other."
Cheltenham host unbeaten Oxford United on Saturday and Brown said the players were united in their determination to earn a positive result.
"We are all together, all working hard to turn it around and the spirit here has never been in question," he said.
"Games like Oxford at home at the ones you want to play in and we can't wait for this one."