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Duff lands February Manager of the Month award

13 March 2020

Club News

Duff lands February Manager of the Month award

13 March 2020

Michael Duff has been named the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for February.

The Robins boss has scooped the monthly prize for the second time this season after he led his team to six wins in seven matches in the month.

His side accumulated 18 points out of a possible 21 in a profitable February that saw noteworthy victories secured at home to Northampton and Mansfield and on the road at Carlisle United and Colchester.

Commenting on the award Duff said: "The award is recognition for the team doing well – it’s not about me – it’s about the XI who are out on the pitch at any one time.

“We have used our squad and different individuals have made an impact over the course of the month.

“The team has found a resilience and we’ve fallen the right side of some close games during the month.

“The players have stepped up and everyone has contributed whether it’s been the players, staff or supporters.”

Danny Wilson chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel. He said: “What a run Michael and his team are on.

“Winning 18 points from a possible 21 has put them within touching distance of the automatic promotion places and solidified their place as a play-off contender.”

Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “When push comes to shove in the latter stages of the season, having the right mind-set is vital and Cheltenham seem to have it in abundance.

“Michael Duff has managed to instil a never-say-die mentality into his charges, and it paid off in February as they clinched some valuable points with late winners truly showing a winning mentality.

“They’re in position for a promotion charge and it’s tough not to fancy them with their form and character are so strong.”

Left wing back Chris Hussey had also been nominated for the Player of the Month award. This was won by Northampton's on loan West Bromwich Albion forward Callum Morton.

The Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel comprises former Barnsley manager Danny Wilson, Sky Sports’ EFL expert Don Goodman; EFL Communications Director Mark Rowan, and Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies.

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