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Cranston: It's been a whirlwind experience

15 March 2018

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Defender Jordan Cranston is delighted to back playing after a ‘whirlwind experience’ during his injury lay-off – and has targeted playing his part in a strong end to the season.

Cranston made his first team return against Swindon Town as a second half substitute after four months on the sidelines with a serious hamstring injury.

And the full back now hopes to kick-on even more in the closing months of the campaign that has had real highs and lows for him.

He said: “It has been a whirlwind experience, getting injured and then coming back having been out for so long.

"It was such a great game to be involved in, I did feel a bit nervous about coming on. I had been taking things slowly in the build-up. 

"I am just happy to come back stronger and fitter than before and glad to be back involved.

"I never targeted a specific game,” he added. “The surgeon told me four months, but it was a bit longer than that with reserve games being cancelled and the snow we had.

"I just focussed on getting my hamstring right and being fit and making my whole body ready to play in a match situation.

"It won't be easy to get back into the team now - I am just coming back from a lengthy lay-off and serious injury.

"It will take time and I am going to need minutes. But hopefully I can play some reserve football and even come off the bench to get my fitness back. I am just glad everything has gone well.

The Robins face Chesterfield in Sky Bet League Two this weekend at the LCI Rail Stadium and Cranston is hoping the team can pick-up where they left off last weekend. 

"There has been a massive buzz around the place this week," said Cranston. "I wasn't involved in the two games before, but from sitting in the stands I have seen how the lads have been playing.

"The result against Swindon was a massive turning point, in terms of where we want to be and where we want to finish. Hopefully we can take that into next season.

"We have got to keep on playing the way we have and not fall back because we are playing a team in the bottom two. We will think about ourselves.

"We have got to take the positives from Swindon and continue that form.”

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