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Duff looking to make the most of a full week on the training ground

7 January 2021


Duff looking to make the most of a full week on the training ground

7 January 2021

Michael Duff has been using the break in play from his team's last run out at Colchester United at the end of 2020 to get some useful recovery and training time in with his squad.

Saturday's match at Harrogate Town was postponed because of a frozen pitch in North Yorkshire meaning the Robins had a rare weekend off to prepare themselves for this coming weekend's match against Mansfield Town in the FA Cup.

A fourth round place is at stake in Sunday's match which gets underway at 1.30pm at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium behind closed doors.

Duff has been to watch the Stags who have kicked on in League Two and recorded an impressive win over Salford City in midweek.

"It allows a little bit of planning in terms of players going in and out," Duff explained.

"It allows a bit of time to give the players a bit of rest and a bit of time to do a bit of work on the training pitch. You don't moan about it when the games are coming thick and fast but when you do get opportunities it is an opportunity to work rather than just a recovery.

"The players had Monday off to push the week back a day and then we've got a full week build up into the FA Cup.

"Mansfield had a good result on Saturday winning 4-0. I watched them on Tuesday night against Salford.

"It looks like it's starting to click there because they've got some good players. They're a much better squad than what their league position tells you."

Earlier this week Tom Sang's loan spell came to an end with the versatile midfielder returning to parent club Cardiff City, while forward Reuben Reid left on a permanent deal to join National League outfit Yeovil Town.

With injuries to contend with plus the return of Tahvon Campbell from his loan spell at Gloucester City, January is a month that may see more squad changes if finances allow the club to do so.

"It is an opportunity to reassess the squad to see what areas we think we might need players. If we can improve it for the right price we will because everything comes back to money ultimately," Duff added.

"If we can't afford to move anything then we can't afford to move anything. But we'll try and readjust and try and do like we do in every window and try and improve the squad.

"We are sitting fourth in the league so we are not in a bad place. We're not changing it just for the sake of changing it - that's the important part."

You can watch Sunday's FA Cup third round home tie with Mansfield Town for free online by registering with The FA Player online.

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