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Reaction: Duff on Cambridge win

19 February 2019

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Michael Duff expressed his happiness at seeing his Cheltenham side produce an improved winning performance on Saturday's visit to Grimsby, as the Robins claimed all three points against Cambridge United on Tuesday evening.

A first half own goal and second half penalty from Conor Thomas was enough to seal maximum points, as Duff's charges also kept a clean sheet, to follow up back-to-back away losses at Colchester and Grimsby.

In what was the first of two important consecutive home fixtures, Duff highlighted the variation in the Robins play and the benefits that brought to the overall performance.

"I thought we mixed our play up well today," he said post-match. "I thought we showed a bit of the resilience we showed against Grimsby but we added a bit of quality into our play as well.

"It is the first time we have knitted the two together for a little bit. That was pleasing. Obviously for Billy [Waters] to have got off the mark that would have been nice for him.

"We had to dig it out because at the start Cambridge have got good players in the top end of the pitch. Once we worked out that formation - quite a few teams are trying to play three against us at the minute - we're starting to work it out how we need to work it slightly different against a four. 

"It's not easy, even against ten men, because you get a little bit jittery and a little bit nervous but we kept doing it whilst defending and doing the right things."

See more from Duff's post-match interview above on iFollow.

Next up for his team is the visit of Port Vale to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Saturday. Kick-off against the Valiants is at 3pm and tickets are available to buy online here.

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