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CLOUGH SAYS BREWERS MUST MAKE POSSESSION COUNT

22 December 2017

NIGEL Clough accepts that Burton Albion will not have the lion’s share of the ball against Reading on Saturday, but says that the Brewers must make the most of the time that they are in possession.

Reading are one of the most dominant sides in the Championship, in terms of possession, while the Brewers have had to get used to not having much of the ball in games this season.

Clough believes that having to wait for possession on Saturday will be nothing new for Burton, but wants his side to make it count when they are able to have a spell on the ball.

He said: “We are used to (not having the ball), in most of the games we don’t have the ball. We keep emphasising to the players that the stats don’t matter if we have 60 or 70 percent possession against us in games.

“It is more about what we do when we get it, I thought that we broke better against Bolton and we caused them problems.

“Reading are as good as any team in the league at keeping it, they are very patient and they probe so it will be a concentration issue, as much as anything, on Saturday. We have to make sure that we are nice and solid but that we are effective when we have the ball.”  


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