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Reaction: Duff on Exeter City

3 September 2019

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Reaction: Duff on Exeter City

3 September 2019

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Michael Duff praised his much changed Robins team for their performance and youthfulness after a narrow 1-0 defeat at Exeter City in the Trophy.

Nicky Ajose's early first half goal proved to be the difference on the night, as Duff gave a full debut to Dan Bowry, first year professional Archie Brennan and included under-18s midfielder Tom Chamberlain in his starting XI for the first time at the age of 17.

"I thought we were excellent," he said. "We should have won the game I thought. There was a pivotal moment where there should have been either a penalty or a red card, double jeapordy, you can't have both but we should have had one or the other.

"The 'keeper has made an unbelievable save and the lads backed him up by making an unbelievable block.

"I thought we dominated the game second half and we got in behind them a lot. We just couldn't seem to find that one thing to drop for us but if we perform like that away from home more often than not I'll take that.

"We played with a little bit more freedom today and I think ultimately there were some young players in that team.

"I think Chambo [Tom Chamberlain] is 10 days off being the youngest player since we got back in the Football League, he's just turned 17. Archie Brennan making his full debut.

"I think the average age was 20 or 21 today. Their League appearances compared to ours and for us to move the ball and hurt them second half they didn't know whether to come on and press or to bank in. I thought we moved it really well."

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

This Saturday it's a return to League Two action and a home clash with Stevenage at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Kick-off is at 3pm and tickets are available to buy from the ticket office and online.

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