CHELTENHAM TOWN: Duff: “I didn’t think we deserved to get beaten”

Cheltenham Town manager Michael Duff showed his disappointment last night following his sides 1-0 loss away at Newport County.

A Chris Hussey own goal in the second half was what separated the two sides and Duff certainly felt hard done by.

He said: “I didn’t think we deserved to get beaten today, at all. We came up against a tough team on a tough pitch, with not a very good referee.

“I thought we were the better team in the first half. We conceded a poor goal and we have to weather the storm better than that.

“That’s the only frustration really and other than that I thought it was good away performance.”

Duff tried to hold back some of his feelings about the referee of the game but the sending off of Will Boyle was something he was particularly aggrieved by.

He said: “I thought it was a foul on Boylo, who did pull him back after he’s been pulled back.

“I don’t know what the rules are now, to be honest.

“They make that many and you ask the fourth official and they give you different answers to what you think you are going to hear.

“That summed up the referee I thought, he didn’t see it for us and he saw it for them.”

He clearly had his frustrations with the officiating on the night but thinks he team also weren’t getting much luck from a football perspective either.

He explained: “We had good opportunities in the first half, but the final ball let us down.

“In the second half, Billy’s (Waters) touch wasn’t quite there.

“A couple of things dropped in the box for them to whack clear and not for us.

“I suppose it’s a bit of luck and it was difficult as we do like to play, but we didn’t today.

“I am not going to apologise for that because you play to the conditions put in front of you and I thought the players executed it well.”

His side host Northampton Town next Saturday where he’ll hope that they get the rub of the green that they haven’t had of late.

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