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Cheltenham Town: Russ Penn answers fans' questions

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: March 02, 2013

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Cheltenham Town captain Russ Penn took time out to answer fans' questions on a wide range of subjects. Here are his answers:

Do you think this is your best season performance-wise?

In terms of consistency I'd say yes. Last year was good too, but apart from scoring goals, or lack of them, it's been pretty good.

Do you ever feel you are the victim of a poor performance, being as it is often you who is sacrificed from midfield after a bad display?

Maybe. You'll have to ask the gaffer that one. I am a player who gives my all and everyone knows what they are going to get, with a bit of quality as well. If I am not in there, I just get on with it.

Do you eat nails for breakfast?

Yes from B&Q! No, I have toast and cereal, with a full English on a Sunday after a game.

What is your perfect Sunday?

Chilling out, lying in and a curry in the evening.

What do you think about the possibility of playing Wolves next season if they are relegated and Cheltenham are promoted?

Well I hope we don't as I don't want to see them go down, but it's a sad state of affairs there at the moment. Obviously if we go up I'd love to play them, being a fan, and I've never played at Molineux.

Some of the fans have started calling you 'Warhorse'. What do you think of this nickname?

I'll take it as a compliment because I work hard and give 100 per cent in every game, but one season I'll score ten to 15 goals and I won't be called Warhorse anymore!

Does it frustrate you when you are described as a destructive player and an enforcer when Cheltenham have played some of their best football with you in an attacking, creative role?

It doesn't bother me, but my dad gets annoyed as he thinks I am better than that.

Do you have any pre-match rituals?

The lads will laugh as they see me do it every Saturday morning, but I do 50 press ups, have a bit to drink, a bit to eat and then chill out.

Who is the toughest player you have played against?

I'd say Jim Bentley for Morecambe back in the Conference days. I didn't like playing against him. I remember once I dived over him for a free-kick and he lifted me off the ground with one arm by my shirt and also chased me down the tunnel after the game so I hid behind the gaffer in the changing room!

Who is the toughest player you have played with?

I'd say Mark Creighton, who is now at Wrexham. He was a good leader and he had a head as hard as a door, to be honest.

The fans sing "He's got no hair but we don't care". Do you care?

I am not bald yet, but I am getting there! It's a good song and gets me going, so if it gets them going too then great.

How are you finding the captaincy?

I am enjoying it. I am not a captain who will shout and scream like Jason Taylor does and I'll leave that to him. If I give 100 per cent hopefully everyone will follow.

Cleveland Taylor made a comment after you left Burton that you'd regret it and that Cheltenham were a smaller club – who is bigger?

I'd say we are on a par at the moment. Burton are having a great season, but they were only three points ahead of us going into this weekend's games and we've been pretty mediocre in terms of performances recently. Since I came here we've played Burton three times and won them all, so hopefully we can make it four out of four on Saturday.

How are you finding the Whaddon Road pitch and does it affect Cheltenham's style of play?

Possibly, but you have to deal with it. It's the same for both teams and better than most pitches.

Who was your role model growing up?

Roy Keane, definitely.

What was the coach like on the way back from Fleetwood on Tuesday?

Quiet and a bit sour for the first half an hour because it felt like a defeat, but then I think the lads realised we'd played well and we can take confidence from that now.

Who is your best mate at the club?

Shaun Harrad as I've know him a long time from Burton and England C.

What sort of music do you like?

Drake and I saw him in concert last year. Chilled RnB, not like Steve Elliott's heavy metal!

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