Cheltenham Town video: We will get it right, vows defender Brown
CHELTENHAM Town have massively underachieved during the opening 10 matches of their League Two campaign, admits defender Troy Brown.
The summer signing from Aldershot Town has made two appearances since returning from a hamstring tear which kept him out for a month.
The first of those resulted in a clean sheet and a 1-0 home victory over AFC Wimbledon, but he was unable to prevent the Robins going down 2-0 at Scunthorpe on Saturday – their fifth defeat of the campaign.
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Brown left relegated Aldershot to join Cheltenham on a two-year deal in the hope that he would be involved in a challenge at the right end of the table this time around.
But the Robins have endured their worst-ever start to a League Two season and they lie one point clear of the drop zone ahead of Saturday's trip to 10th-placed Dagenham and Redbridge.
"We have the ability in the squad and we know we should be doing a lot better," Brown said.
"We are among the wrong crowd of teams, but we will strive to climb the table and we believe we should be at the top end challenging.
"Results will come, I have absolutely no doubt.
"The table means something from the first game to me, to be honest.
"But we are not panicking because we know we have the ability and that results will come, it's all down to hard work and dedication."
Brown said the key to an improvement was to stop conceding so many goals in general, but particularly early on in matches, as they did at Scunthorpe.
Cheltenham fell behind in the fifth minute but dominated long periods of the second half before Scunthorpe added a late second goal.
"We lost that game because we conceded early and our backs were up against the wall," Brown said.
"We then dominated for 70 minutes, but we conceded late chasing the game.
"We definitely thought we should have got something from the game.
"Conceding early is something we have to cut out and take games by storm.
"We tend to do that apart from the first 15 minutes, so that is something we really have to work on.
"As soon as we get that right we'll be getting points like there's no tomorrow."
Brown is likely to be joined in the back four by the experienced Steve Elliott at Dagenham, with loan centre-half from Bristol City James Wilson away on international duty for Wales.
Elliott and Brown started the season together and helped Cheltenham keep a clean sheet in a dogged display at Accrington on August 24.
Elliott, who turns 35 later this month, has been rested for the last two matches, coinciding with Brown's return.