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Reaction: Boss Michael Duff reflects on a bittersweet afternoon in Nailsworth

20 October 2018

Manager Michael Duff thought Cheltenham Town did enough to win the game after Luke Varney had two second half goals ruled out in their 1-1 draw at local rivals Forest Green Rovers.

Tyrone Barnett’s first strike since joining from Port Vale on loan put the Robins ahead after Varney’s penalty was saved by Robert Sanchez – but a free header for Joseph Mills in the 75th minute earned a point for Rovers.

“It was a set-play where we should be set up and we should be organised, but he’s not even had to jump to head it, so I am disappointed,” said Duff.

“We had a lot of the ball second half, but I think big moments in the game at 1-0 – the keeper has made a great save and we’ve missed a good chance.

“I don’t remember Scott Flinders making a save today and yes they have had a lot of the ball, but they didn’t hurt us. It looked a bit more like a team performance and we missed a penalty again but luckily Tyrone was there.”

Barnett won the penalty after nicking the ball off Sanchez – scoring the rebound after Varney’s spot-kick was saved.

“That will be good for him (Tyrone Barnett) as well because he needed that so weirdly it’s probably the best way it could have happened,” he added.

“So there were lots and lots of positives but overall disappointment as I felt we did enough to win the game.”


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