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CLOUGH WANTS ERROR-FREE PERFORMANCE

30 December 2017

NIGEL Clough has called upon his team to play error-free football as they look to end a run of eight home defeats against Norwich City today (kick off 3pm)

The Brewers manager said: “It’s quite embarrassing to be associated with eight consecutive home defeats at any level but out of the eight I would say Wolves, Aston Villa and Sheffield United we deserved to lose, the other five we didn’t – but we did lose them, so we look at the reasons why.

“Boxing Day was the most frustrating and a similar story. We got the goal, looked comfortable, we have had opportunities to get the second and then we make a mistake and when you have people like Hernandez on the pitch they punish you. We can’t make even that one mistake. There is that much quality in the league they will make you pay for it. Therefore, it’s simple. We have to play error-free football for 90 minutes.

“The physical effort coming after Reading was incredible and Leeds was, by the far, most frustrated that we have felt after a game. That wasn’t a point dropped. It was three.

“We have learnt over 19 years that if players don’t make those mistakes you have a much better chance of winning games. When we don’t make errors, we are a very difficult team to beat.

"That defeat takes some getting over, but we can’t dwell on it as we have two games coming up in the next three days.

"The players know it’s only a matter of time before we stop the rot at home.

"The supporters have been brilliant and right behind us. They recognise the players Leeds have got they will have a bit more than us at times but like the majority of football supporters, when they see the effort going in. I think they will stick with the team.”


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