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Reaction: Duff on Cambridge United

7 December 2021


Reaction: Duff on Cambridge United

7 December 2021

Disappointed by his team's heavy defeat to Cambridge United, Michael Duff has also called for a reality check on his Cheltenham Town team after a poor night at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Duff watched as his team fell to a poor loss against the U's, conceding five goals without reply on a bad night that also saw the recent unbeaten home form come to an end.

He recognised that the performance from his side was way off the standard that is expected of them, but was also keen to highlight the progress that has been made this season, while reminding players, supporters and all connected with the club that the focus is completely on securing League One safety this season.

"Poor performance, poor result, that's all it is," he said. "It's three points that we could have got and we didn't.

"They know that is not good enough, but ultimately it is trying to look at the bigger picture thinking as we always do - I think we're 12th in the League after 20 games.

"The players got booed off the pitch today, rightly so, but I like to think every single one of the supporters when they get home and the emotion has come out of them they'll reflect and think that we'll take 12th after 20 games.

"That's not me hiding - the fact are we've lost two in ten games and we're 20 games into the season.

"Was the performance good enough? No. Are we going to hide away from that? No. But let's just remember where we are. It's a bit of a reality check. I've heard a lot of things in the last few weeks saying we're midtable and 'can you push for this and push for that?' or 'are you going to reset your goals?' No. Reset your goals when you hit your first one - the first one is 50 points.

"Until we hit 50 points we won't be doing anything other than trying to stay in this League."

Watch the full press conference on iFollow at the top of the page. It's also available to watch on the EFL iFollow app.

The team will be looking to put things right on Saturday when Lincoln City are the visitors to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Kick-off against the Imps is at 3pm and you can buy tickets online for the game. Make sure you buy in advance to save £2 on matchday prices.

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