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Preview: Duff on Shrewsbury Town

19 November 2021

As Cheltenham Town prepare to welcome back a club legend on Saturday, Michael Duff sees this weekend's contest as just another important League One fixture as his team entertain Shrewsbury Town.

Robins legend Steve Cotterill returns to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium with his Shrews side as Cheltenham get back to League action following FA Cup success over Gillingham in midweek.

Cotterill and Duff know one another very well, but for 90 minutes on Saturday that will count for very little as both managers team's put everything in on the pitch in the search of a much sought after League One victory.

"It's just another game. Me and Steve haven't worked together for 13 or 14 years and I've never managed against one of his teams," Duff said.

"The relationship we have was as a player and a manager, not as a manager and a manager.

"I've got a lot of respect for him. I've got a lot to thank him for in terms of my career. Got a lot to thank him for in terms of the first three years in this job - but the game on Saturday is three points - it's us against Shrewsbury, it's nothing else.

"They've picked up recently and gone back to a five. They've tweaked it with a few formations. Steve's had his own battles in the last 12 months which he's done well to get through, whether that had an influence on their pre-season it must be difficult knowing whether the manager is going to be in and that sort of uncertainty.

"But ultimately they've picked up in the last few weeks. We think we'll know what they'll do. They'll be a good team. Knowing the manager like I do they'll be ready for us and well prepared and they'll be coming trying to win the game."

Watch the full press conference with Duff above on iFollow and on the EFL iFollow app on your smartphone.

Buy tickets for Saturday's fixture online and from the ticket office. Advance prices are available up until midnight tonight. 

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