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Reaction: Duff on Swindon draw

22 December 2018

Michael Duff was full of praise for the Robins first half performance at Swindon Town, but felt more belief in the second half could have aided their cause in a goalless draw at the Energy Check County Ground.

Neither side could find a way through in the club's final away outing of 2018, in a well battled stalemate in Wiltshire.

Duff spoke to the press at the end of the game and was pleased with the first 45 minutes, though felt his charges could have been better in the second half.

"I thought we dominated the first half" he said. "For all their gusto I thought they didn't create a lot of clear cut opportunites and their goalie has made a good save at the end.

"We needed to score in the first half. I think if we had scored the first goal we could have gone on to score two or three today, but we didn't. 

"There's no geting away from the fact we've scored 22 goals in 22 games. That's where the problem is at the minute and something we need to try and work on, but overall other than the disappointment of not scoring a goal I thought it was an excellent 45 minutes.

"If we are going to grow as a group what they need to learn is we've hurt them playing football in the first half - and they had a reaction second half and a bit of a go and we sort of went into our shells a little bit. Rather than weathering it for ten minutes so to speak, and then start playing again we went long, long, long - and it ended up being 40 minutes of weathering  a bit of a storm.

"If we are going to grow we have to have the confidence and belief to weather it for ten minutes then start playing again."

Watch Duff's full reaction to the draw at Swindon above on iFollow.

Read Luke Saunders report from the match online here.


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