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Cheltenham Town boss Michael Duff: “We will pick a team good enough to win the game” ahead of West Ham U21s test

Cheltenham Town face West Ham under 21s in their second game of the Leasing.com Trophy at The Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Tuesday night.

Manager Michael Duff has insisted that his side will take the competition seriously.

West Ham are currently top of Group M after defeating Newport County 5-4 in their opening game.

The Robins will be looking to get off the mark in the competition following a 1-0 loss to Exeter City in their first game.

Speaking ahead of Tuesday night’s game, Duff confirmed that some players will have the night off following Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Oldham Athletic.

“There will be changes to the team because people need chances and game time.

“But there is always a balance because you want to keep the momentum.”

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With Town’s game on Saturday against Newport County being postponed due to international call-ups, Duff has hinted that their may now not be as many changes to his side.

The Leasing.com Trophy is seen to many fans as a chance to see their side at Wembley but Duff admits that the final is a distance away.

“The bigger picture is getting to Wembley but we’ll take it game by game.”

“We want to win every game.”

Clubs receive £10,000 prize money for each win in the group stage of the competition.

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For Cheltenham it gives a big incentive to progress as far as they can.

“We can’t be turning money down.

“It’s a big opportunity for the club financially .”

Watch our interview with Michael Duff reflecting on a successful September.

The game takes place on Tuesday, October 8 at The Jonny-Rocks Stadium with kick off at 19:45.

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