Cheltenham Town video: Terry Gornell hopes to play against former club Rochdale
STRIKER Terry Gornell hopes a bright cameo appearance from the bench and a goal for the reserves can thrust him back into Cheltenham Town's team to face old club Rochdale on Saturday.
The 23-year-old spent the second half of last season at Spotland following a loan spell from Shrewsbury Town.
He described his time there as "up and down", featuring less after his old Accrington boss John Coleman was replaced by ex-Robins defender Keith Hill.
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Gornell has netted three goals in 11 starts for Cheltenham, but he lost his place in the starting line-up to Jamie Cureton for last weekend's 2-1 win at Dagenham and Redbridge.
The Liverpudlian went on with 20 minutes to go and almost scored a late third and he followed that up with a headed goal in the reserve team's 4-3 victory over Bristol Rovers at the training ground on Tuesday.
"You have to accept the decision of the manager (Mark Yates), but I was disappointed to be left out," Gornell said
"You just have to get on with it and I'll keep myself ticking over and when I am called upon I'll be ready, don't worry about that.
"I am happy with what I have done so far this season and I have chipped in with a few goals, so hopefully I'll be in the manager's thoughts for Saturday."
Gornell said he does not look back on his brief time at Rochdale with any great fondness, unlike his spells at Accrington and Shrewsbury.
"It's just another game for me really because I wasn't there long and there has been a big change around in players, with not too many left who I played with," he said.
"I went on loan to start with, initially for a month under John Coleman, then I extended it for another month and signed permanently in January.
"It was okay there, but it was an up and down season with two managers and fighting near the bottom of table."
Gornell said the Dagenham result had helped lift morale in the camp after a poor run of results away from home.
"It was a decent performance, but the most important thing was the win and hopefully we can kick on now," he said.
"That result would have surprised a few people up and down the country so we were pleased with it.
"We hadn't been winning so we needed to be smarter with our workrate to win games and we have to build on that now."
■ Bristol City defender James Wilson, who has just completed a month on loan at Cheltenham, won his first senior cap for Wales on Tuesday night, going on as a substitute in the 1-1 draw against group winners Belgium.