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Preview: Duff on Leyton Orient

1 August 2019

Cheltenham Town boss Michael Duff's pre-season preparations are nearing their finish as he prepares to lead his side into the new League Two season on Saturday.

A trip to Leyton Orient, the winners of last season's National League, awaits for Duff's men on what is sure to be an incredibly emotional day at the beginning of the League Two season.

Fans, players and officials will be paying tribute to Orient's former manager, Justin Edinburgh, who tragically passed away after successfully leading his side back into the Football League, as well as a place in last season's FA Trophy final.

Duff knows all too well how tricky Saturday's fixture will be on many levels but is confident that when it comes to the battle out on the pitch that his team will be able to apply themselves the right way on matchday one.

"It's probably as difficult a game as what we could have had," he said. "They will be riding the crest of a wave, but the added emotion and probably pressure of because of what happened to Justin.

"We will pay our respects and do everything right before and after the game, but once the whistle blows it's up to us to get on the front foot and start playing aggressively.

"If you win enough games you'll do alright in the league. There's no point looking in 45 or 46 games time where you're going to finish, you've got to win the one in front of you. And then keep winning the one in front of you and you never know where it takes you."

Watch Duff's full pre-match interview above on iFollow.

Tickets for Saturday's fixture are available to buy from the ticket office at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium today between 10am and 3pm.


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