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Reaction: Duff on Macclesfield

26 January 2019

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Michael Duff praised his Cheltenham side for their comeback win over Macclesfield Town but has called on his side to learn from issues that have held them back in recent games.

Two goals down at the break, his Robins outfit fought back to gain all three points over Sol Campbell's Macclesfield Town's ten men at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

He was pleased with the score line at full time but speaking to the press post-match has urged his team to start performing not only in spells but for the whole game. 

"We can't start games like that," Duff said. "We've gifted them two goals. After that we were good and their keeper has had an absolute worldie and conceded three goals.

"It looked like it was going to be one of those days. Obviously the sending off affected them but even with the sending off we've gone and given them another goal. You can't legislate for mistakes like that.

"We need to start turning up for 90 minutes. I think that is apparent. We can't start halves like we are at the minute. I don't know what it is - it's up to me and the staff to try and find out what it is because we've shown we have got quality.

"It's not always easy against ten men. Quite often teams can't break another team down. I thought we shifted the ball well and their keeper made lots of saves and we scored the three goals so I'm pleased with the result and aspects of the performance, but we're shipping too many goals defensively. We are open at times because of the way we want to play but we just need to tune in a bit more."

Watch Duff's post-match reaction above on iFollow.

His side return to action next Saturday when Cambridge United are the visitors to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium. Kick-off is at 3pm and tickets can be bought in advance online here or from the ticket office on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday this week.

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