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Preview: Duff on Rotherham United

30 September 2021

Michael Duff is calling on his Cheltenham Town players to not overreact and learn about how they can improve ahead of another tough League One challenge against Rotherham United on Saturday.

His team go into this weekend's contest at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium following two very difficult trips to Wigan Athletic and Sunderland which both ended in defeat.

Both of those sides will no doubt be challenging for a place in next season's Championship line-up come the end of the season, and Duff is urging everyone to have a perspective of where the team is at in responding to those losses before Saturday's fixture with Rotherham United.

"We've lost back-to-back in the League for the first time since December and we've just played Wigan and Sunderland away - so there needs to be a bit of reality within all of it as well," he said.

"Yes we weren't very good. But we weren't very good when we went to Barrow last year and got beat 3-0.

"So we weren't very good at Sunderland and guess what you go up a level and you get beat 5-0 and it could have been more.

"It was a tough week against a good team and we didn't perform and that's what happens. We've said it since the start of pre-season, we're going to get a few of them.

"The important thing is not to overreact, to try and learn, show them the things that we didn't do very well because there were a couple of things that were really obvious and try and deliver a better performance on Saturday because if you look at the fixtures coming up it's another really difficult one."

Watch the full pre-match thoughts of Duff ahead of the game above on iFollow. You can also watch on the iFollow app which is available on your smartphone.

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