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25 November 2017

NIGEL Clough has urged his team to cut out individual errors at the Pirelli Stadium this afternoon, in a bid to end a five-game losing run.

The Brewers have lost their last five games at home, despite picking up valuable points on the road, but Clough feels that too many errors are being made at home and says that his team will have to cut them out to try and win on home soil.

“We feel at the moment that the formation is almost irrelevant.” said Clough. “If people make mistakes then it doesn’t really matter the formation. We look at the goals we conceded against Sheffield United and they are three mistakes from three individuals so that doesn’t help your thinking or help you clarify anything when you are trying to find a shape to try and win a game at home.

“You look at it and think ‘was that formation really down to the goals we conceded?’ and we keep saying ‘no not really’. If we had three at the back or four at the back it doesn’t really matter when people make individual errors, there’s not much we can do about it. It will be more about concentrating on trying not to make any mistakes against Sunderland.”

Despite encouraging performances against Ipswich Town and Barnsley at the Pirelli in recent weeks the Brewers haven’t picked up any points on home turf since the middle of September, and Nigel Clough is aware of the quality that Sunderland possess in their squad.

He said: “I’ll tell you what they (Sunderland) have got, they have got the quality to capitalise on it. When you look at their squad and the internationals throughout their squad they have the quality, no matter about their league position or the run they are having or anything like that, it’s undoubted quality throughout their squad.”

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