Setting his sights Hussey has eye on adding to his goal tally
CHRIS Hussey is hoping to add more goals to his game after opening his account for the season in Cheltenham Town’s home draw with Swindon Town.
The left wing-back announced his return to the team after injury with a man-of-the-match display, setting up Luke Varney’s near post header which made it 2-2 before half-time.
Hussey’s only previous goal for the Robins was a long range free-kick in the 4-2 defeat at Mansfield Town last term.
For someone who strikes the ball so cleanly, it is a surprise the 30 year old has only netted seven league goals in his career.
“I do get into some good positions and should score more,” Hussey said. “I know I can set them up and I know I can defend, so I need to add more goals.”
For the second year running, Hussey missed the whole pre-season through injury and his 80 minutes against Swindon was his longest run out since the Good Friday goalless draw with Oldham Athletic.
“I missed all of the pre-season friendlies and I think I only trained for about 10 days before breaking down again,” he said.
“It’s been difficult, but Debs (Josh Debayo) has come in and done well.
“To get through 80 minutes was good going on Saturday and, hopefully, I repaid the gaffer (Michael Duff) for putting me back in the side.”
Hussey is always one of the first to arrive at the training ground, ready to go through an extensive regime with sports therapist Gavin Crowe, in a bid to regain and then retain full fitness.
“I have to be in early because I get so much work done from Gav,” Hussey said.
“But I try to do things properly, live right and as the gaffer says, if you do that it’ll pay you back in credit.
“Hopefully it continues to pay off with performances like Saturday.”
Hussey spent time on loan at Swindon from Sheffield United during the 2017/18 campaign, making 19 starts and one substitute appearance.
He was on the receiving end of plenty of stick from the 1,432 travelling fans inside the Jonny-rocks Stadium, but he left the field 10 minutes from the end satisfied he had done enough to silence his critics.
“The stick doesn’t bother me at all, it’s just part and parcel of football,” he said.
“They don’t like me and that’s fine, you can’t please everyone.
“My priority lies with Cheltenham now and I’ll just get on with it, but a goal and assistant isn’t a bad way to respond.”
Hussey praised manager Duff for the way he has taken some of the pressure off in his bid to return to action.
“The gaffer has been spot on with me,” he said.
“We trust each other and respect each other and he always tells me he is not here to break me, he’s here to do what he can to get another 40 games out of me, as he did last season.
“Hopefully I can keep performing for him and I think we are looking good at the moment.
“You always have to strive to be better and coming back twice to draw on Saturday is not something I am sure we could have done at times last season.
“It shows how together we are as a group and we had Swindon on the rocks at the end. They will be right up there this season and we more than matched them.
“At home we are a force for anyone, so it’s about rectifying the away for now and the 0-0 at Morecambe showed resilience. If we stick together, we’ll get through it.”
Chris Hussey battles with Swindon’s Tyler Reid Pictures: Antony Thompson - Thousand Word Media