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Reaction: Duff on Oldham Athletic

4 January 2020

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Michael Duff was full of praise for his Cheltenham Town side as they overcame Oldham Athletic with a 3-0 win in the first home match of 2020 at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Max Sheaf scored his first Football League goal, debutant Alfie May added a second, and man-of-the-match Ryan Broom secured a third deep into stoppage time to see the team rise to fifth in League Two.

Speaking to the media after the match Duff saw the game as a complete home showing having had to also stay strong at one point in the second half when the Latics looked like they could find a way back into the contest.

"I think that was as comprehensive as you can probably get," he said.

"I know we scored two in the last few minutes but general play overall I think we created numerous chances. Tahv (Campbell) on another day could have scored three or four himself.

"They had a little bit of huff and puff in the second half but you're not going to dominate a game for 90 minutes - it's impossible.

"It was important that we weathered that storm. We picked them off at the end."

Duff also confirmed that goalkeeper Scott Flinders went off with what was believed to have been a suspected broken leg.

He added: "It doesn't look great. Obviously we need it confirmed and everything but it looks like he has broken his leg, which is a real blow for him, and us.

"We'll have to pick it up and see where we're at because potentially it could be long-term. 

"Until we know if it is a break and how bad the break is and if there's any extra structural damage you don't know.

"It's a real blow because he actually did really well in the incident but fair play to Rhys (Lovett) at 1-0 he came on and it's difficult.

"I've never been a goalkeeper - I can't imagine it's easy coming on when you're winning a game 1-0. All you can do really is come on and lose the game.

"He came for a couple of crosses, made a good save off Chris Eagles because he has got quality in those areas. I know because I played with him in the Premier League."

Watch the full post-match reaction from Michael Duff above on iFollow.

The next Robins action comes on Saturday 11 January when Walsall are the visitors to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium. Kick-off in that game is at 3pm and tickets are available to buy online and from the ticket office on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 10am and 3pm. 


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