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Reaction: Duff on Plymouth

21 September 2019

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Cheltenham boss Michael Duff praised his side for how they stepped up their performance in the second half of a superb away win at Plymouth Argyle.

Despite leading at the interval he admitted he was disappointed with his team's first half display at Home Park.

Nevertheless he saw a difference in the second half that would see the Robins go on to snatch a fine 2-0 win and make it four straight wins in League Two.

"I was really disappointed first half believe it or not," Duff said after the game. "I thought we played our game for about a minute, hit the crossbar and all of a sudden realised we were away from home again.

"We stuck at it. They are a good team. They did what they do better than what we do in the first half.

"Second half I thought we were much better. You've got to defend - they'll have a lot of the ball against most teams.

"Away from home with a big crowd I don't think the referee helped us particularly. There were a lot of fifty-fities not going our way.

"To see it out we were always a threat as well. It wasn't a smash and grab - we've hit the crossbar twice and scored two good goals.

"I was really pleased second half. You've got to ride the storm. A lot of their shots were snap-shots flashing across the face of goal from around the box.

"It's difficult when you can just give it to Danny Mayor. He's a different level - he shouldn't be playing at the level but he is. He's a fantastic player. I said it last year and I've said it this year, you'd take him in the team all day long.

"But we stuck to task and went and doubled up and he still wriggled out of it. That means there's an overload somewhere else and people are putting their bodies on the line and Scott [Flinders] definitely deserves his clean sheet today. I thought he was magnificent - as were a few others."

Watch more from Duff looking back on his team's winning performance by watching above on iFollow.

Another tough game awaits his side next Saturday when Crewe Alexandra are the visitors to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Kick-off is at 3pm and tickets can be bought this week from the ticket office and online.


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