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Preview: Duff on Morecambe

18 October 2021

Cheltenham Town boss Michael Duff is preparing his team for a Morecambe side who have been in amongst the goals since they made the jump up to League One level this season.

Tuesday marks the first time Cheltenham have had a fixture this season against one of the fellow sides who earned promotion at the same time as the Robins from League Two into the third tier.

And despite plenty of changes in Lancashire since last season, Tuesday's opponents have settled well into life at their highest ever level.

"Morecambe are a really good team. They surprised everyone last year but they've built on that," he said.

"I think only Ipswich have scored more goals than them. We know we're going to be right up against it."

Tuesday's match again sees under-18s able to watch the match for £1 a ticket and Duff was pleased to see the impact that had on Saturday's attendance at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

"It's a brilliant initiative," he added. "They are the lifeblood - the future. We're a family club and a well run club. There isn't hostility and the team are doing well.

"We play some half decent football so it's a good time to strike while the iron is hot if we can get the kids interested and it's obviously good for the club."

Duff has also commented on the FA Cup first round draw which has seen the Robins handed an away match at fellow League One side Gillingham.

"It's not a great draw and it's a long way to go against a difficult team. They're in the top league we could have drawn," he continued.

"If you play a League One team away from home unless it's a Sunderland where you can make money off the gate receipts it's as hard a draw as you can get."

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

Purchase tickets for Tuesday's game online. Buy before midnight on Friday to save £2 on matchday prices.

Under-18s can watch the game for £1 if they purchase before 1.45pm on Tuesday.


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