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NIGEL CLOUGH'S NEWCASTLE UNITED VERDICT

17 December 2016

NIGEL Clough says that his players "gave everything" and was again frustrated that his team came away with nothing after losing 2-1 to Newcastle.

The Brewers boss said: "It wasn't just about effort today but also the quality of the performance as well.

"We set up in a certain way today and we wanted to get the ball forward. We played some good football, especially the goal we scored which was a lovely move and there was more like that throughout the game as well.

"We don't see it as points dropped as we don't expect to get anything from the Newcastles of this world so we see it as a  boost having seen the level of performance. That's two great performances today and Tuesday against Huddersfield - to get nothing from those two games is very harsh on the players.

"Their goals - it was two errors leading up to them. Damien McCrory has been great since he came back in but was done for the second one and John Mousinho should have done better for the first one. It's just being punished for those two little errors that's been the difference really. If you look at it Jon McLaughlin hasn't had a lot to do.

"We also had a clear penalty on John Brayford in the 94th minute. He's been hauled to the ground and they are the sort we have had given against us this season."

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