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Reaction: Duff on AFC Wimbledon

19 March 2022

Michael Duff was pleased that his team managed to move onto the 50 point milestone for the season after coming from behind to beat AFC Wimbledon.

Trailing into the closing stages of the second half against relegation threatened AFC Wimbledon, three late goals managed to seal a good home victory that makes Cheltenham's chances of playing League One football once again this season look very realistic.

Duff's men had to be patient to break down an AFC Wimbledon side fighting for their lives and who had led through Jack Rudoni's first half goal, but the wait and dominance of possession in the second 45 minutes proved to be ultimately effective in getting the three points.

"We weren't brilliant," he said. "We didn't move the ball. I thought it was quite interesting that with 20 minutes to go our fans starting booing us for keeping the ball which I disagree with because that five minute spell managed to get them really deep into their half and from that moment then they never got out.

"We got on the front foot and managed to build a bit of momentum which managed to win us the game eventually.

"We need to be careful. We're a little club in this League. We can't be disrespecting opposition. We're trying to keep the ball, we're trying to play football, so I wasn't sure about that.

"There needs to be a realism in the expectation. We're 23rd in the budget league. We try and play the right way and that's what we are trying to do.

"First half I would have played that type of football but we couldn't get the players to do it. You have bad days. We played badly and won against a team who are scrapping for their lives. They are not just going to come here and roll over."

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

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