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Atangana vows to be even stronger next season

3 May 2018

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Midfielder Nigel Atangana has quickly become a terrace hero at the Robins – but insists fans have not yet seen him at his best.

Atangana, 28, has featured in 31 Sky Bet League Two games this campaign and is all set to line-up one last time this season when Cheltenham face Crewe on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

However, reflecting on his first year at the LCI Rail Stadium, the popular Frenchman believes that with a big pre-season behind him the best it yet to come.

"My first season has been up and down, to be fair,” admitted Atangana.

“I have had some injuries and I don't think I have played that well this season. It has been up and down so I am looking forward to next year.

"I am looking to get sharp and not get injuries to give my best for this club.

"I need to start the season well. The first 10 or 15 games are really important.

"This season I started the first seven and then after that I was out and I had a couple of injuries so that stopped my run. Next season I am looking to start strong.

"The confidence is good and I know if I am sharp and I am feeling good then I know that I will play.

"The second part of the season I was feeling more confident than the first part.”

Atangana will aim to line-up in the engine room again this Saturday against Crewe and admitted how vital it was the Robins performed after the heavy home loss to Coventry.

He added: "For the last game at home you should perform and give a result to the fans. Unfortunately, we lost by six goals so we are looking forward to finishing on a good note away at Crewe.

"It is the last game of the season; it is the last game for some lads. For me personally, I want to finish well and I am sure it is the same for the rest of the lads. We all want to perform.

"After the last game you think about your summer and you have to start to focus then on next season.”

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