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MANAGER'S VERDICT: BARNSLEY

29 April 2017

NIGEL Clough reacts to an historic day in Burton Albion's history as the club secures Championship survival after drawing 1-1 at Oakwell against Barnsley.

He said after the game: "I thought the defending for the last twenty minutes epitomised the season, for Luke Varney to get his first goal of the season, for the likes of Stephen Bywater to produce saves of that quality after sitting on the bench for 42 games of the season. People making contributions even in the 45th game. 

"We had chances in the first fifteen to twenty minutes and should have been 2-0  up but we made a silly mistake and they scored from it.
 
"Everyone worked their socks off, Marvin Sordell naturally a striker ran back all the way to chase Ryan Kent in the 92nd minute. 

"I'd say this is the greatest achievement (for Burton Albion). We have to play big teams week in week out. 

"We aren't on a par with anyone in this league on budget or attendances, we have to embrace being the smallest club. 

"We have to get like minded players who want to achieve something and they all deserve congratulations. 

"We have a great team spirit here, we needed that, we needed certain characters and they've fulfilled that. 

"To get 52 points and stay up - we actually thought we'd need fewer at the start of the season. We can enjoy next weekend and celebrate it against Reading at home properly.
 
"We know internally how good an achievement it is and we are delighted for all the supporters. I think eight and a half years ago we had no more than 400 supporters turning up. It's as much for the supporters and we can enjoy it. 

"It is something special, it's not a personal thing, it's for the whole club this achievement, everyone is like a little family and I am sure we will celebrate together."

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