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Reaction: Duff on Checkatrade win

4 December 2018

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Michael Duff was pleased to see his Cheltenham side get back to winning ways with a penalty shootout victory over Newport County at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

A 7-6 win on spot kicks was enough to send the Robins into the final round of 16 in this year's Checkatrade Trophy, as for the second time in ten days the Robins overcame high flying County.

Duff spoke to the media after the game and was happy with his side's second half showing which showed an improvement on the opening 45 minutes performance.

"I was pleased with the second half," he said. "We didn't really get going first half. It was a litte bit static. We were trying to pass the ball but they were a lot cleaner than what we were - we were a little bit on edge.

"Second half I thought we were much the better team. I thought we deserved at the least to get the draw as the 90 minute result.

"We didn't practice penalties, I'm glad we didn't now. I thought the penalites on the night were top drawer - both teams to be honest."

The Robins are next in action at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Saturday when Grimsby Town are the visitors in Sky Bet League Two. Kick-off is at 3pm and tickets are available to buy online.

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