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Reaction: Duff on Carlisle United

20 August 2019

Michael Duff was full of praise for Cheltenham Town's 2-0 win over Carlisle United, as goals from Gavin Reilly and Luke Varney saw the Robins earn all three points over the Cumbrians.

The Robins boss felt his team performed in all areas of the pitch as they kept up their excellent home record against a Carlisle side who looked to threaten in the second half at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Speaking to the press after the game Duff said: "Funnily I actually said to Russ [Milton] before the game that I'd love it if we won 2-0 and the two centre forwards scored - I wish it was that easy.

"I thought we showed everything that I want from the team today. We showed quality in the first half and I think it could have been three or four. I thought we had a penalty turned down, I don't know how the scrambles has ended up with a foul but I don't know how it's not gone in.

"We had balls fizzing across the front of their goal and then we started the second half with another couple of opportunities and a disallowed goal which I need to see back but I thought it was their defender that crashed into the goalie.

"After that players start naturally thinking we may not get the third now, so they start not dropping off, but we may not be as brave with the press and communication stops because they start looking after themselves a little bit more, and to be fair Carlisle at 2-0 down have got nothing to lose. Not being disrespectful because they move the ball really well and things like that but it is easier to play 2-0 down than it is 2-0 up.

"That's when the resilience kicks in. If you did a defending session of how to defend the box with crosses and shots that's what it normally looks like. That's what you want - you want people throwing their bodies in front of it.

"Scott [Flinders] has come up trumps when he needed to - he's made a couple of good saves. I was really pleased with everything."

Watch more from Duff's post-match thoughts above on iFollow.

Now the Robins boss will be looking to maintain his side's excellent home record when Swindon Town come to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Saturday. Kick-off against Swindon is at 3pm.

For tickets for that game buy in advance online here, or from the ticket office when it's open on Thursday and Friday this week between 10am and 3pm. They are also available to purchase from the turnstiles on the day of the game.


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