Cheltenham Town video: Troy winning fitness race ahead of West Ham test
CHELTENHAM Town defender Troy Brown is hoping to create another Capital One Cup upset at West Ham United tonight.
The 22-year-old helped Ipswich Town reach the semi-finals of the competition during the 2010/11 campaign by ousting Premier League West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at Portman Road in the last eight.
They went on to beat Arsenal 1-0 in the first leg of the semis before going down 3-0 at the Emirates, but Brown missed out on a chance to face the Gunners through injury.
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Having battled on with a tight hamstring in Saturday's 1-0 win at Accrington Stanley, Brown is determined not to miss out again and he is confident he will be fit to run out at Upton Park.
"I felt tightness in my hamstring in the first half on Saturday, but adrenaline got me through the game and I want to play at West Ham, of course I do," Brown said.
"It felt great to get that first clean sheet of the season and that was the challenge the gaffer set for us, so long may it continue now.
"We are certainly not getting carried away by one win and one clean sheet, but I don't think they had a shot on target, which is good for me and the team."
Goalkeeper Scott Brown was complaining in jest that he was bored during Saturday's success at the Crown Ground, comments that were music to namesake Troy's ears.
"Scotty came off saying he was bored, but I am not sure what he's complaining about!" Brown said.
"He's had too much to do in the early matches this season so he needed a rest and a quiet afternoon and let's hope we can give me some more easy afternoons in the coming matches."
The odds are that Cheltenham's last line of defence will not have such a comfortable 90 minutes against Sam Allardyce's West Ham, who have made a bright start to their Premier League campaign.
Brown has further experience of playing against top flight opposition, having appeared for Ipswich at Chelsea in the FA Cup in January 2011.
"We lost 7-0, but I did clear one off the line from Nicolas Anelka when it was still 0-0 so that's my claim to fame," he joked.
"I've played against West Ham reserves before, been on the bench for a first team friendly and taken on their academy side, but this chance to play their first team will be a great experience."