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Reaction: Duff on Northampton

29 December 2019

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Reaction: Duff on Northampton

29 December 2019

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Michael Duff believed there were lots of positives to take from his side's 1-1 draw at Northampton Town.

A point on the road at the PTS Academy Stadium saw his team make it ten unbeaten away from home in all competitions, while ended a run of six straight home victories for the Cobblers.

Conor Thomas' early penalty gave Cheltenham the lead, but Jordan Turnbull's equaliser before half time ensured the hosts shared the spoils.

"I thought we showed a lot of resilience, a lot of determination, a lot of what we already have," Duff said.

"That's why we've conceded five goals in six months away from home on our travels.

"They've won six on the spin at home so it's a tough place to come. Lots of positives within a really difficult and tough afternoon."

He was left disappointed by two refereeing decisions from official Martin Coy.

Duff felt Turnbull should have been shown a red card for the foul that led to Thomas' opener from the spot, as George Lloyd was hauled down following a poorly defended straight ball.

While at the end of the game he also thought Alex Addai's red card was also avoidable.

"I thought we were on the wrong side of both decisions. The way they want to play they want to buy free kicks and load the ball in the box and I think the referee got conned a lot of the time today.

"I thought it was a red card - a stonewall red card. I'm not quite sure how they can try and justify the fact that it wasn't.

"Even at the end their lad is rubbing Alex's head from the byline to the halfway line. He does react but the referee shoud blow the whistle.

"We're a minute and a half over so he can just diffuse the whole situation."

See more from Duff's post-match reaction from Northampton by watching above on iFollow.

It's another quick return to action now for his side on New Year's Day when Newport County AFC is the destintation for the start of 2020.

Tickets and away travel for the game at Rodney Parade are on sale from the ticket office.

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