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COUNTER-ATTACKING FOOTBALL PAYS DIVIDENDS FOR BREWERS - SAYS CLOUGH

10 December 2015

NIGEL Clough says that the brand of counter-attacking football played by his team has made them a potent threat in League One.

He says: "We have an incredible defensive record. The way Jimmy has done it is to make sure we are solid and then we can get a goal on the break. There’s nothing wrong with that at all as long as you hurt teams when you get the opportunities. 

"With players like Nasser, Mark Duffy and Stuart Beavon, you can play like that and rely on them to get you a spark or a goal. When you look back at some of the goals we have scored on the break,  like against Millwall – they are magnificent goals. The one at Wigan, where it’s a defensive corner and all of a sudden we have scored, if that was the Champions League they would stop that, talk about it and say 'how about that for counter-attacking football'."

Clough knows League one well from his time at Sheffield United.

He says: "We have experience of the league from the last couple of seasons and a lot of the teams are pretty much the same as they were last season. Gillingham have always been strong at home, we struggled their at Sheffield United last season as well. They play a brand of football at home where they are in your face and make it very difficult for you.

"We were 0-0 with a few minutes to go but the goalkeeper made a mistake and we lost 2-0. We weren’t very good that day but it had 0-0 all over it. But that’s the first priority when you go away to keep it tight and that’s what this squad has been good at, being solid, not giving anything away and catching teams on the break."



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