Cheltenham Town video: Marlon Pack hopes he has silenced his critics
MARLON Pack believes he has silenced his critics with his performances since his proposed transfer to Swindon Town fell through.
The Cheltenham Town midfielder scored the first brace of his career in Saturday's 2-2 draw at Accrington Stanley.
It was his third start since Swindon's attempt to capture his signature for £100,000 on deadline day fell through due to their inability to sign players while their takeover was finalised and approved.
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Pack admits that he has struggled to reproduce last season's sparkling form, but the 21-year-old feels he is now back to his best and is intent on helping Cheltenham put their promotion push back on track.
"I am over the moon just to be playing again and that's all I want – regular football," Pack said.
"I've been very happy since coming back into the team and I feel like I've done well so I want to continue that run of form until the end of the season.
"It's possibly been a case of taking my frustration out on the pitch because nobody wants to sit on the bench.
"I think a lot of times this season people may have doubted me and written me off, but that just spurs me on.
"I always want to play well and it's nice to prove people wrong.
"I've started three games in now and hopefully I've done enough to keep my place because I want to play in every game."
Pack joked that he was inspired to score a brace by his room-mate on the Accrington trip, fellow midfielder Darren Carter who had noted the midfielder's scoring prowess on a computer game.
"Daz was playing on Football Manager on Friday night and I kept scoring for him and helping his team out, so he kept nudging me and telling me, so that inspired me to go on and score a brace!" Pack said.
"It was nice to score twice for the first time and I would have liked a hat-trick chance, but that's just me being greedy.
"We are not firing on all cylinders, but we are battling well and I think we need to get more crosses in to the front men because Byron (Harrison) and Benno (Paul Benson) are both big lads and good in the air."
Cheltenham have 12 matches left to force their way back into the top three, starting with tomorrows long trip to big-spending Fleetwood Town, who went down 2-0 at Aldershot Town on Saturday.
The Cod Army, as they are known, had Alan Goodall and Jamie McGuire sent off and both players will miss the match through suspension.
Burton Albion are currently third, two points ahead of Cheltenham after a superb run of form and Pack knows time is running out to click.
"The last 12 games will fly by so we have to make sure we start a good run now and it's still so tight," Pack said.
"Burton are on a great run, but no team has really stood out and we have to make sure we are showing more quality and going that extra mile to get the wins we need.
"We don't tend to make things easy for ourselves here and after drawing at Accrington we need to go and win at Fleetwood."