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Reaction: Duff on Oxford United

8 January 2019

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Out of the Checkatrade Trophy at the third round stage on penalties against Sky Bet League One opposition, Michael Duff was quick to praise his team after the full time whistle against Oxford United.

The Robins exited a competition that has been good to them this season after a penalty shootout that followed a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes.

Duff was pleased with the way his team performed and more importantly the effort thrown into the game after a hectic schedule over the past three weeks.

“I thought in the first half we didn’t quite get to grips with the game as we would have liked to but we gave a poor goal away. It was our corner but it was a poor delivery but we’ve not gone and dealt with it at source,” Duff said.

“To concede when we did was disappointing but I thought the second half performance was excellent.

“I thought we started the second half better and then we changed the shape again and that seemed to work. I’ve talked about fitness and mentality and we’re still going in the last minute and that’s our sixth game in 17 days. It was a big effort and I’m disappointed for the lads for that as much of anything because I thought we probably just shaded it.”

Watch Duff’s full post-match interview above on iFollow.

The Robins return to action this Saturday when Tranmere Rovers are the visitors to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium. Kick-off is at 3pm and tickets are available to buy on the day, from the ticket office on Thursday and Friday, and online here.

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