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Freeview: Duff on Cambridge United

12 March 2020

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Michael Duff sat down to face the press this morning at The Energy Check Training Ground ahead of Saturday's trip to Cambridge United.

The Robins boss takes his side to the Abbey Stadium looking to continue an unbeaten run of six games that's consisted of five wins and one draw.

Cambridge have this week appointed Mark Bonner as their permanent manager after a caretaker spell.

Though Saturday's opponents haven't won for three games heading into Saturday they enjoyed a run of four straight wins before then and currently sit 16th in League Two.

"We'll have an idea of how they play or what they've done and obviously we know the players," Duff said.

"But it's about us. You say it all the time - you need to be aware of their strengths and weaknesses but we believe that when we do what we do well we win more than we don't. If we don't turn up they've got enough quality to hurt us.

"There's pressure but it's a good pressure to have. This time last year there was pressure to try and stay in the league, now there's pressure to try and get out of the league. We've given ourselves an opportunity.

"You don't come this far now and think we'll down tools now. It's good that there is something to play for. It's up to the players to deliver performances."

Jonte Smith has been away from the squad all week after travelling to Jamaica on Monday for an international friendly for Bermuda.

The front man played the full 90 minutes in a 2-0 defeat for the Gombey Warriors and he's expected to return to prepare for this weekend's clash on Friday.

"He is due back but everything is up in the air with this coronavirus thing. You don't even know if he'll be let back in the country or anything yet," Duff added.

"We're expecting him back. I think he's due back tomorrow so hopefully he'll be back with us and in and around it."

Supporters can purchase tickets for Saturday's fixture from the ticket office up to 3pm on Thursday and between 10am and 3pm on Friday.


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