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Reaction: Duff on Grimsby Town

26 November 2019

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An important half time team talk helped steer Cheltenham Town in the right direction on their travels at Grimsby Town.

Boss Michael Duff was disappointed with his team's first half showing in a goalless draw at Blundell Park.

He praised though the reaction from his side in the second 45 minutes as they improved after the break.

Speaking to the press post-match he said: "It was a game of two halves. First half I thought we were really poor. We were lucky to come in at 0-0 to be brutally honest. We didn't do anything particularly well other than we did make a couple of good blocks in our box.

"First headers from goal kicks, free kicks - we didn't seem to land on anything, we didn't press, and the most disappointing thing is we didn't move the ball.

"In the second half I thought after five minutes we were excellent. We moved it really well and it was just a moment of quality - we couldn't find that pass.

"We got in behind and around the box a lot. We just needed to find an extra pass or a ball into feet and a runner off.

"But that's two goals conceded now in the last seven games away from home. Unbeaten in seven, another point on the board, takes us up to fifth - I don't think anyone would have turned fifth down at the start of the season so it is positive.

"What I've said to the lads is if you play like you did for the last half an hour, move them around like we did - if you do that for 70 minutes you go and score two or three in the last 20 minutes of the game because they were hanging on at the end. They were all over the place a little bit.

"But we gave them too much encouragment early on and they are having a bit of a scrap at the minute and the crowd got behind them and they put balls in the box as you would do with [James] Hanson in the team.

"They made it difficult for us but we needed half time. After half time I thought we were the one team that if there was going to be a goal scored it was going to be us."

Watch the full interview with Duff above on iFollow.

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