Cheltenham Town video: Pack wants more festive goal cheer
MARLON Pack is hoping for more festive goal cheer as Cheltenham Town travel to Rochdale this evening.
The midfielder has a habit of netting Christmas crackers, having scored in the first match after the big day for the past two seasons.
He was on target in the 4-0 home win over Bradford City two seasons ago and also scored the winner against Rotherham a year ago.
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But having returned to the starting line-up for last Saturday's home draw with Port Vale, Pack's primary concern is a consistent run of form, with goalscoring a bonus.
"I enjoyed Vale a lot and after not being in the team at Hereford or Northampton, you want to do as much as you can to get back in and stay there," Pack said.
"My performance levels have not as consistent as last year, but I always believe I can play well and I know I have the ability.
"I was happy with what I did against Vale and I saw a lot of the ball, which hasn't always happened this season."
After the departure of Luke Summerfield to Shrewsbury Town in the summer, Pack has often been asked to play a disciplined deeper midfield role.
But he is still aiming to surpass his total of seven goals.
"I usually go on spells of scoring goals so hopefully now I am back in the team I can score a few more," Pack, who has scored twice this season said.
"My aim was to beat last season's tally, which I think was decent.
"I've been slightly deeper this year, but I want to unleash the shackles and push on now."
Cheltenham's players have been given Christmas Day off, despite being in action at home to Wycombe on Boxing Day.
Pack said boss Mark Yates knows he can trust his players to look after themselves and avoid overindulging.
"Nobody wants to come in on Christmas Day, but we know we have got to watch our portions," Pack said.
"Last year against Shrewsbury we put in a decent performance and there won't be a hangover or anything.
"We all know how important these games are and are all desperate to win, get into second place and then start pushing for the top."
Pack has played at Spotland once before, during his loan spell with Dagenham and Redbridge, who went down 2-1 in February 2010.
"We were unlucky that day, but Rochdale went on to win promotion that year," Pack said. "They are having a difficult time of late, so hopefully we can pile on the misery."