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CLOUGH ADMITS HE CAN'T ASK FOR ANY MORE FROM HIS PLAYERS

18 January 2016

WHO would have ever thought ten years ago that Burton Albion would be playing against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena in a league fixture?

Last time Nigel Clough was in charge of the Brewers, Coventry were playing in the Premier League.

The Brewers boss said: “It is incredible really.

“The closest we got to this was playing at Nuneaton down the road.

“Coventry were up in the Premier League when we first started so it’s nice to come and put the performance on.

“It puts down a marker for the other teams around us.”

Four wins from five since Clough took over and a defeat is something he hasn’t yet tasted in his second spell with the Brewers.

“We can’t ask too much more,” said Clough.

“The clean sheet (at Coventry) was excellent and we just need to keep on going, we will try to do that for the next 21 games and not change much. We haven’t changed the team much.”

Calum Reilly has had a tough time since arriving at the Pirelli Stadium. He hasn’t featured as much as he’s have hoped due to a groin injury but he finally picked up some minutes at the Ricoh on Saturday.

“It’s lovely to see Callum Reilly back on the pitch, it’s the first time he’s been on since we have arrived.”

Derby County loanee Mason Bennett also picked up some minutes to make his Burton Albion debut and I think it’s fair to say, he was trouble when he came on.

“Mason Bennett came on and lets say he was a handful when he came on for the last ten minutes or so.”

The word ‘promotion’ is starting to buzz around East Staffordshire once again.
 
Clough said: “The word can be in the dressing room as long as they know that if we do our jobs over the next 21 games it can be a possibility.

“We have got nearly half a season to get so it’s a bit early yet.”

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