Worst per­for­mance Duff hits out at Robins’ in­sipid dis­play

Gloucestershire Echo - - CHELTENHAM TOWN - By JON PALMER

CHEL­TENHAM Town man­ager Michael Duff la­belled Satur­day’s 3-0 de­feat at Colch­ester as the worst per­for­mance since he ar­rived at the club.

The Robins barely reg­is­tered a shot on goal as ef­forts from Kane Vin­cen­ty­oung, Frank Nou­ble and Abo Eisa, brother of ex-robin Mo, saw the play­off chas­ing U’s cruise home.

An un­happy Duff said: “It could have been more.

“That’s the worst per­for­mance since I’ve been here. It was in­sipid, we didn’t head it, didn’t pass it, didn’t do any­thing we asked them to do, it was so dis­ap­point­ing.”

The Robins got through the first 20 min­utes with few alarms un­til Vin­cen­ty­oung burst through some half-hearted chal­lenges and scored the opener.

Duff said: “Goals change games. The first goal is al­ways im­por­tant when you come to a team try­ing to get in the play­offs.

“They will look at the goals as good ones, but I thought they were re­ally poor. No­body has made a tackle or blocked any­body off.

“It was one way traf­fic. We were dogged the first 15 or 20 min­utes, but we need to be dogged for 90 min­utes.

“We can’t keep con­ced­ing the goals we are. It’s not like we don’t do any work on it.

“Peo­ple need to make bet­ter de­ci­sions. The most frus­trat­ing thing is that we didn’t try to pass the ball.

“We didn’t switch the play at all. Things we’ve worked on we didn’t do and if you don’t turn up phys­i­cally and men­tally, that’s what hap­pens.

“Peo­ple didn’t take re­spon­si­bil­ity. We knew what we needed to do, get it wide, and we didn’t do it once.

“It looked like we don’t do any work, which isn’t the case.

“That’s the most frus­trat­ing thing, when tac­ti­cal and tech­ni­cal stuff goes out the win­dow as we didn’t roll our sleeves up ei­ther.

“It was a com­fort­able 3-0 win and I think the keeper could have played with a cigar in his mouth.”

Duff has seen his side scrap their way to two cru­cial home wins over fel­low strug­glers Mac­cles­field and Yeovil but says he “can­not ac­cept” a per­for­mance like he saw at the Job­serve Com­mu­nity Sta­dium.

He said: “No­body fan­cied us and I don’t mind get­ting beat­en­but I can’t ac­cept that. There haven’t been many of them since I’ve been here so hope­fully it is a one off..”

Duff was keen to fo­cus on the big­ger pic­ture, with Chel­tenham eight points

clear of 23rd-placed Mac­cles­field hav­ing played a game fewer than the Silk­men.

He said: “The play­ers have been good since I’ve come in so I won’t start say­ing they are this and that.

“We know that wasn’t good enough. There is no ar­gu­ment about the re­sult and we have to pick our­selves up be­cause ul­ti­mately we are in a bet­ter po­si­tion than when I ar­rived.

“We’ve let them know we are not very happy and they know that them­selves and they’ve been told.

“We’ve not all of a sud­den be­come a good team. We have got eight points clear but not with per­for­mances like that.”

The one plus point from the game was the re­turn of Ty­rone Bar­nett from in­jury as a sec­ond-half sub­sti­tute.

Duff said: “I thought Ty­rone did all right when he came on, win­ning ev­ery header as he does. We thought it was go­ing to be four to six weeks, but it was two weeks yes­ter­day he did it.

“That is a pos­i­tive es­pe­cially with Alex (Ad­dai) go­ing down the way he did.”

Ad­dai has had a scan on his ham­string in­jury, suf­fered in the win over Yeovil and Duff said: “It doesn’t look great I’ll be hon­est, but un­til we get a pro­fes­sional opin­ion I don’t know how long he will be out - I thought Ty­rone was go­ing to be out for six weeks.”

The Robins face an­other long trip next week to Grimsby Town, and Duff said: “Play­ers are al­ways dis­ap­pointed af­ter a game, but when you see the real dis­ap­point­ment is with next week’s per­for­mance.

“That’s when you know if to­day has re­ally hurt them or not.”

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