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Preview: Michael Duff ahead of his first game in charge of the Robins

13 September 2018

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Michael Duff is fully aware that his players need to ‘give the fans something to shout about’ on Saturday in his first match as Cheltenham Town manager against Crewe.

The new Robins boss was officially unveiled on Monday and is looking forward to getting back to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium where he spent eight years of his playing career.

Crewe Alexandra pose the first test of his senior managerial career, and Duff is hoping that everyone connected with the club can start pulling together in the right direction.

“The board, the staff, supporters, the town and the club given the size and the stature that it is needs everyone pulling in the right direction,” said the Robins boss.

“The minimum requirement will be maximum effort, but ideally it’s a home game where we can get off to a positive start.”

Cheltenham’s last league game saw lots of positives after a 3-1 away win against Northampton Town.

Duff is hoping his side can build on that result and hurt the opposition this weekend, but also admitted that getting back to basics and the support of the Robins faithful will be vital to his players putting in a positive display.

“They’ve (Crewe) obviously shown what they can and can’t do so it’s up to us to be compact, hard to beat and then add quality and go and hurt them. Basics get you a long way in football but there needs to be structure in the team first and foremost."

“Home fans are always important no matter what club you’re at so hopefully they can turn up and make some noise but we’re fully aware that we need to give them something to shout about.”

Tickets to watch Michael Duff's first game as Robins boss can be purchased HERE.

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