Set­ting his sights Hussey has eye on adding to his goal tally

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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.”

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