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Duff on training, Swindon, Varney and away form

27 August 2019

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After guiding his team to a draw with Swindon Town on Saturday in an entertaining encounter at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium, boss Michael Duff is now looking forward to a full week of work at the Energy Check Training Ground before this weekend's trip to Crawley Town.

The 41-year-old has provided an update on the fitness of front man Luke Varney, who limped off with an injury at half time at the weekend, as well as looking ahead to Saturday's trip to west Sussex.

On top of that he's also explained the structure of training with the Robins enjoying a full week at their training base to prepare for this weekend's game.

"The lads got Monday off because it was their sixth game in 21 days, they've come thick and fast, so we wouldn't have done a lot on Monday anyway because the lads that started the game would have been on the grass for about 30 minutes," Duff said.

"Psychologically you just need the break. It is good that we get a week to prepare because you can do a bit more work particularly today and Thursday. If you've got a midweek game the Thursday becomes the second day recovery so they're not doing a lot.

"It's just ticking over really for the last three weeks. It's the first time we get to revisit the structure and framework of how we want to work."

Currently 8th after five games having taken eight points, Duff is pleased with how his team have started so far, and says the team will review their first month performance after this weekend's match.

"It has been an alright start, eight points from five games is not a bad return," he continued. "I probably feel that we're one short of what we deserve to be. I think we could have had one more point but every team will say the same thing.

"Overall it's a better start than what we had last year, so that's a start, but that's all it is. As a group we've said we'll review where we are after six games so clearly 11 points from six games is an excellent return, eight from six isn't quite so good, but it's a start, it's a foundation to hopefully try and build on."

Watch the full interview with Duff above on iFollow.

Tickets and away travel for the Robins next two away matches at Crawley Town on Saturday and Exeter City in the Trophy are now on sale from the ticket office.

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