Michael Duff was so close to claiming a first league win as Robins boss on Saturday, but a 93rd minute equaliser means he must wait a fortnight until he has another chance to end his bad record.
Cheltenham have played nine times under Duff’s guidance; losing five, drawing four and winning none, but the way his team performed on the weekend will definitely provide him with hope that they can turn their form around in the next league game against Notts County.
Next up for Cheltenham, though, is Ebsfleet United in the 1st Round proper of the FA Cup where they will have a chance to find success elsewhere, in England’s oldest competition. There is more Cheltenham Town content available from the weekend on our liveblog – https://live.24liveblog.com/live/UFJOC
The former Burnley academy manager had been playing with a four-four-two system up until this week, but after seeing the success that a three-man defence provided him during the week after seeing off a young Arsenal side 6-2 in the Checkatrade Trophy, Duff decided to field the same formation during Saturday’s 2-2 draw.
Duff made big calls by dropping first team regulars such as captain Johnny Mullins, Nigel Atangana, Craig Alcock and Tyrone Barnett. The likes of Ben Tozer and Conor Thomas were drafted in and the Robins boss couldn’t fault the efforts of his players, letting their 2-1 lead slip after maintaining it for nearly the whole of the second half.
“Yes it hurts and people will go ‘oh they’ve not won again,’ but from my point of view the players gave everything so that’s all I can ask for,” said the Cheltenham manager.
“We do need to start winning games and it’s a kick in the teeth for everyone; but win, lose or draw it’s the team. So when we win a game I’ll be no different to how I am now.”