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9 February 2017

BREWERS defender Tom Flanagan believes he is growing into the full back role after finding chances hard to come by at centre half this season.

Albion boss Nigel Clough has praised Flanagan for his recent performances and for coping with a switch from right to left back after Damien McCrory came off injured in the victory over Wolves.

Clough said: “He has shown his position is full back now. As he gets a bit older he may revert to centre half. He is an effective full back and he gives you that extra height you need.  

“He switched from right to left back seamlessly on Saturday and he’s a good option to have. He’s done well despite not having a run of games. He might get a run now to see what he can do.”

Flanagan said: “It has been difficult being in and out the team. I was working hard but the team was doing quite well and we had a very solid back three who were all playing well. When we changed to a back four I managed to get back in the team.

“I think I have had to work more on my cutting edge in the final third. I’m fine with how I have been defensively. I know where I have to be and what I need to do. It’s that attacking bit that has been harder for me to learn.

“But I have learnt a lot - more this season than in other seasons. In the long run it will really help me.”

He has no fears either about switching between right and left back.

“Right back and left back are very similar. It’s not something I worry about.

“Coming in and out of the team is so difficult. What managers like is consistency. Coming in for a game and then out for one you feel like you are starting from square one over and over again.

“I feel like I’m close to some consistency now. I feel like I am in a good place, working hard and looking forward to the games.”

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