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Preview: Duff on AFC Wimbledon

2 December 2021

Interviews

Preview: Duff on AFC Wimbledon

2 December 2021

Michael Duff feels there are aspects of Saturday's FA Cup second round opponents that a club like Cheltenham Town should be looking to emulate.

Ahead of this weekend's visit to AFC Wimbledon's brand new Cherry Red Records Stadium home Duff feels that his team's next challengers are getting a lot of things right both on and off the pitch.

The Robins head to the capital hoping for a positive result and a place in the third round of the competition - the stage when the Premier League and Championship clubs enter the world famous competition.

"They have promoted the manager from within, they have a defined way of playing, the training ground looks like it's been improved, so it seems a club that knows where it wants to go, with an organisation and a structure within that," Duff said.

"That seems to be from top to bottom, which is something that a club like ours can probably aspire to. It's a good club from the outside looking in. I don't know a lot about it and I don't know the manager, but they seem to be in a good place at the minute."

Duff believes facing another side at Cheltenham's level - having overcome Gillingham in the first round after a replay - provides another huge challenge for his team as they look to make it through.

"We've had tough away draws in all cups so we've got one more to get through and then there's the possibility. We are away to another League One team which is as difficult as it gets," he added.

"They're a threat. It shows you their togetherness that they keep coming back.

"They're a threat from set plays so they are never out of the game. They are top in our League for goals from set plays.

"They've got a definite way of playing. A definite 4-2-3-1 in pretty much every game they've played."

Watch the full interview with Duff above on iFollow and on the EFL iFollow app - available to download on your smartphone device.

Get tickets for Saturday's game online and from the ticket office. You can also buy on the day at the stadium.


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