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21 July 2017

NIGEL Clough said that, despite the scoreline against AFC Wimbledon, it was a 'brilliant game' for his side.

He said: "It was a brilliant game for us. It was one of the reasons we wanted to come and play here.

"They are one of the most hard-working teams in League One. They closed us down, pressed us and we gave the ball away, hence the scoreline.

"Very few Championship clubs will work as hard as Wimbledon do but once again that's why we came here."

The Brewers have been back at work for just over three weeks now, and the manager says his team are still some way off full-fitness.

"At this stage we're still 15 days off being ready and we will be closer to full-fitness in 15 days time," said Clough.

Last season Burton Albion lost to Exeter City during pre-season in a similar situation.

"When we plan pre-season we know it's the Friday night game that is going to be a bit lethargic," said Clough. "We have a few hours travelling on the bus and hanging around and things.

"It happened at Exeter last year, exactly the same. We will be back on it on Wednesday against West Brom."

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