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MANAGER'S VERDICT: LEEDS

26 December 2017

NIGEL Clough says that the 2-1 defeat at home to Leeds United was an opportunity missed and three points lost.

The Brewers boss said: "It was down to making mistakes, it's as simple as that. We didn't make any at Reading or at Bolton but we did today. We are 1-0 up here and I wouldn't say we were comfortable, but we were looking OK then we give a needless free kick away and the quality of the Leeds players means they punish you.

"We ask the players to stay on their feet and to not dive in. We say it every single training session. Until we stop making those mistakes we will carry on losing games.

"It was a double whammy as they were lifted by the goal and you saw them playing differently to the way they had done for 60 minutes and then when they get a second so quickly it drains us for 20 minutes  - but we came back strong at the end and were a couple of inches off getting an equaliser.

"The performances weren't that different from the first to the second half, it was just the mistakes. That is what it all comes down to. Apart from those couple of mistakes we were pretty solid and we had some good situations. Jamie Allen just before half time had the ball and we were two on one and made the wrong decision and Marvin Sordell put one just wide.

"We have to remember it is still six points out of the last nine and we have two more games coming up and it can still be a good Christmas."

 


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