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“I didn’t expect to still be standing in front of you after Stevenage performance” – Michael Duff on the turn around at Cheltenham Town

Five months on from Cheltenham Town's 2-0 home defeat to Stevenage, a fifth defeat in Michael Duff's first eight games in charge, the manager reflects on the clubs change in form.

Cheltenham Town manager Michael Duff admitted that he feared for his job after losing to Stevenage in October.

The loss was Duff’s fifth defeat in his first eight games in charge. Since the defeat, the Robins boss has turned things around, Cheltenham beating Northampton Town 3-1 in their most recent performance.

A Luke Varney double and a goal from Tyrone Barnett guided Michael Duff’s side to the win, meaning the Robins are 14 points clear of the relegation zone in Sky Bet League Two with seven games to go.

Michael Duff spoke of the club’s turn around , highlighting that he was unsure of his future at one stage.

“I didn’t expect to be standing in front of you if I’m honest, that was a watershed moment against a Stevenage team that aren’t the best in the league,

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“The next thing we have to address is our away form, but hopefully supporters enjoy days like today. It was free flowing at times, it was dogged at times and we’ve scored three goals, but it could’ve been four or five.”

The loss to Stevenage came days before a change of formation and form for Cheltenham, Duff switched to a 3-5-2 for a Checkatrade trophy tie against Arsenal U23s and hasn’t looked back.

CTFC Formation change is still proving effective.

The club have the best home form in League Two in 2019, and despite being a long way from the bottom two at the moment Duff is keen to keep progressing until the end of the season.

Duff said: “I don’t want the group to come off it, we’ve worked for five to six months to get to where we are now, to just give it up in the last six weeks of the season would be a shame.

Cheltenham travel to Crewe on Saturday, where they’ll be looking to improve on previous away performances, most recently creating few chances in a 1-0 defeat to Newport County AFC at Rodney Parade.

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