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MANAGER'S VERDICT: GILLINGHAM

11 August 2018

NIGEL Clough says the Brewers need to have a better defensive mindset and then make the chances they are creating pay after seeing his team go down 3-1 at Gillingham.

Injuries to Damien McCrory and Scott Fraser added to a disappointing afternoon after Albion took the lead and played brightly only to see Gillingham come from behind to win.

Clough said: "Nothing really dropped for us in the penalty area and we should have had more than one goal in the first half.

"Gillingham came out in the second half and their three forwards looked really lively. You talk about  the difference between the Champonship and League One and you saw it today with a side working their socks off and causing us problems."

Clough said that the back four need to use their experience to shut out the opposition.

"The general defending hasn't been good enough and we are in a little run at the moment were every mistake is punished. Even when Ben Fox gives the ball away in midfield they score a goal. But it has to be a more defensive mindset - individually and as a unit.

"We will work on it again, show them videos and show them what they are doing and what we want them to do.

"We need to start dealing with that or it's going to be very difficult. We couldn't cope at times with the energy of the Gillingham forwards but they can't cope at times with ours either.

"We are playing some lovely stuff but as a defender that's the time to switch on and make sure that the second we lose the ball we are ready."

Albion were disrupted by an early injury to Damien McCrory.

Clough said: "Damien felt his hamstring after 30 seconds with his first run. He should have come straight off but stayed on and we need to assess him with a scan. And we aren't sure about Scott Fraser. We hope it's not too serious with his knee."


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