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Reaction: Duff on Grimsby victory

9 December 2018

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Michael Duff believes the Robins late victory over Grimsby Town came in a pivotal game for his side as they closed the gap on the Mariners.

Conor Thomas' stoppage time penalty helped his team clinch all three points with a 2-1 win after Grimsby had levelled in the second half following Ryan Broom's opener.

"We didn't start the game particularly well," Duff said after the game. "We invited them on and after 15 minutes I thought we were excellent in the first half and a similar sort of thing happened in the second half.

"A couple of big chances then the nervousness kicks in and they go gung-ho because they've got nothing to lose. Scotty (Flinders) has kept us in the game really. 

"But that's something we've shown a little bit more - a little bit more resilience. The other team can have the ball sometimes as long as you bank in. When we start passing again we look like a good team. It's getting them to keep believing and trusting what we are doing.

"That's ten points from five games now in this shape - three of those teams have been in the top six. We haven't become a brilliant team overnight - we're still fourth from bottom and getting closer into the pack now. If we win our game in hand it takes us to 18th I think.

"That's why this was a pivotal game really. There has been a lot of work for five or six weeks to get us in this position - now we are in the pack, so now the hard work starts."

Watch Duff's full interview on iFollow.

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