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Cheltenham Town video: Scott Brown would name 'leader' Steve Elliott as top Robin

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: April 26, 2013

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SCOTT Brown is the overwhelming favourite to be named Cheltenham Town's supporters' player of the year tomorrow, but the modest goalkeeper says the award should go to Steve Elliott.

Both men are due to complete an ever-present League Two campaign in tomorrow's home match against Bradford City, when three points could be enough for automatic promotion if Rotherham United slip up at home to bottom club Aldershot Town.

Brown said his vote for players' player had gone to 34-year-old Elliott, who has been outstanding all season.

"I voted for Stevie because he's been absolutely brilliant and he's a leader for us on and off the field," Brosn said.

"I think he deserves to win the player of the year award because he's the perfect professional and all the lads look up to him, which is why he got my vote."

While reluctant to take any credit for what he describes a fantastic team effort this term, Brown was prepared to say this season has been the best of his nine at Cheltenham Town.

With the club hoping to sneak into the top three on the final day of the regular season, Brown is hoping they can finish top of an alternative table.

"It's definitely been my best season and the back four have been a massive help towards that," Brown said.

"We've had a consistent defence with only six different players in their all season and it's been nice to keep so many clean sheets.

"We are level with Gillingham on 18 in the league and it would nice to get the 19th tomorrow and finish top of that table, but obviously I'd take any win over that!"

Brown made one outstanding save in the second half at Exeter City last Saturday to ensure Cheltenham returned from Devon with maximum points.

He reacted superbly to tip Jimmy Keohane's rising shot over the bar and he described it as one of the most important of his career.

"In terms of importance, it was up there," he said.

"I have made saves before when they haven't counted for anything, so it was nice to keep a clean sheet and more importantly three points to take fight to final day of the season.

"I saw it late because and it went through Michael Hector's leg and bounced up, so I was pleased to get a touch.

"Other than that, the lads defended brilliantly and I didn't have much to do."

This will be the third season out of four that Brown has completed all 46 games of a league campaign and if his consistency goes on next term, he will threaten David Bird's club Football League appearance record (288).

When he turned 21, Brown told boss John Ward all he wanted for his birthday was a County Cup winners medal, with the final played at Yate Town on his big day.

He turns 28 today and automatic promotion to League One would be the perfect gift this time around.

"We have to make sure we beat Bradford and then, who knows?" he said.

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