Cheltenham Town video: We need to buck our ideas up - Elliott
STEVE Elliott believes Cheltenham Town's 4-2 defeat at Rotherham United has given them a timely kick up the backside.
The Robins took an early lead through Keith Lowe at the New York Stadium, but they then fell 3-1 down inside half an hour as their recent fine defensive record came to an abrupt end.
Elliott has been one of Cheltenham's outstanding performers this season, but he admitted Saturday's performance was not acceptable.
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"Looking back it wasn't a good performance at all and it was definitely not a Cheltenham Town performance because we were well below par all over the pitch," Elliott said.
"Sometimes you get these results and it might not be such a bad thing because it gives you a kick up the backside to realise we might be a good team, but we have to buck our ideas up.
"We'll have a look at it, pick the bones out of it and luckily we have a game on Tuesday to do something about it."
Cheltenham make their second visit to Chesterfield's Proact Stadium this evening.
The Spireites ran out 3-0 winners two seasons ago on their way to the League Two title, but they slipped straight back into the basement division after one year at the higher level.
Elliott knows Cheltenham must embark on another consistent run of form if they are to remain among the front runners for promotion this term.
"This league is always tight and you have to be consistent and put runs together, which we have done," he said.
"We want to go on another one now, starting tonight.
"When I first came to Cheltenham, Chesterfield walked out of League Two, but they struggled in League One.
"They still have the core of a good team and we are in no doubt it'll be another tough game so we have to make sure we get back to what we were doing before Rotherham."
A match at Chesterfield's previous Saltergate home gave Elliott one of the more bizarre moments of his career.
He was playing for Blackpool in League One and goalkeeper Phil Barnes was sent off in the 88th minute. Elliott donned the gloves and managed to keep out a penalty kick, but Blackpool were already 1-0 down and came away empty-handed.
"I've not had a lot of joy against Chesterfield really, but hopefully it will be better tomorrow night," he said.
Former Arsenal, West Ham and Fulham striker Luis Boa Morte is on Chesterfield's books.
The 35-year-old Portuguese is a player Elliott has faced before during his time in the top flight with Derby County.
"He was always a good striker who was quick with good feet," Elliott said.
"I played against him when he was at Fulham, but he's now in our league, he wants to play football and wants to score goals again so if he plays, we'll have to be wary."