Cheltenham Town video: We can turn slump around - Harrison
BYRON Harrison says Cheltenham Town players still believe they can mount a promotion push this term, despite their poor start.
The tall striker has netted five goals in his first full season with the club, from only six starts and five substitute appearances.
The 26-year-old is already half way to his final total of 10 last season for both Cheltenham and previous club AFC Wimbledon, who visit the Abbey Business Stadium on Saturday.
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Smarting from Saturday's 4-2 defeat at Torquay, Harrison knows that Cheltenham must show a quick and vast improvement if they are to have any chance of making it a third play-off appearance in succession or better, but he said it was still possible.
"Saturday was a backwards step after two better home performances and it was not what we need to be doing if we are going to be a promotion chasing outfit," Harrison said.
"But I would rule nothing out in this league. We have to work through a hard time, it's as simple as that.
"We have to get out of this little low and there are a lot of points and games left so a lot can still be done and it's definitely not too late to turn it around."
For Harrison, Saturday would be the perfect time for Cheltenham to reverse their fortunes and register their first home League win of the season.
He left Kingsmeadow in January in a deal worth £25,000, not feeling he was ever truly accepted by the Dons fans.
"It would be perfect because I don't want Wimbledon to win anyway against us, but especially now," Harrison said.
"We need the points and all of us have been working hard in training, but we need to transfer that to the games now."
Wimbledon will be led by former Robins skipper Alan Bennett, who moved in the opposite direction to Harrison in January after 18 months at Cheltenham.
Harrison is confident he and strike partner Terry Gornell, who have both scored in their last two appearances, can cause Bennett and his back four problems.
But it is at the other end of the pitch that Cheltenham must rediscover the solidity that saw them keep 20 clean sheets last term.
"From where I am standing, the goals we have been letting in have been far too easy this season," he said.
"I can't just blame the defence for that because we defend as a team, but the goals we've been letting in at the times we have has been criminal.
"We are not sure what's going on, but we'll work hard to changing things."
Harrison's understanding with Gornell means the fit-again Jamie Cureton may have to be patient as he bids to force his way back into the side.
Harrison said: "The gaffer has options up front now and that's why he signed us.
"Whether it's me and Terry, Terry and Jamie or me and Jamie, we all have different strengths and we can all push each other on.
"I want to keep my shirt week-in week-out and scoring goals will go a long way to doing that.
"I hope I'm playing well enough to stay in there and I'm running my legs out for the cause.
"As soon as everyone does that, I am sure we'll head up the table."