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MANAGER'S VERDICT: DONCASTER

18 August 2018

NIGEL Clough praised his team for a hard-fought victory over Doncaster Rovers.

The Brewers got the first three points of the season, the second win on the bounce and a first clean sheet.

Clough said: "We deserved it for the way we played against Rochdale and came away with nothing - sometimes it takes a couple of weeks before you get your rewards.

"A home victory, a clean sheet - it is an important step even this early in the season."

A Liam Boyce goal separated the sides with Doncaster missing a couple of great scoring chances.

Clough said: "We said we were due to get away with one as people have been converting an incredibly high percentage of chances against us and we said that wouldn't continue and it didn't today.

"It was a brilliant goal by Liam - in off the far post. He found half a yard in the box and reversed it across the goalkeeper.

"We like the little triangle of Scott Fraser, Liam Boyce and David Templeton and you can see the understanding between those three. There is grounds for optimism going forward and Liam has got three in three league games now.

"I thought Ben Fox was magnificent today. We have said the youngsters will get a chance this season and he went around today at times like a man possessed. Tackling's not natural to his game but he went around today and got his foot in."

The downside for Albion was another injury with Joe Sbarra having to go off with an ankle  problem.

Clough said: "We are having bad luck with injuries - to lose four players after three league games is very unfortunate."

Clough tried to add to his squad by recruiting Ben Thompson from Millwall this week but the midfielder went to Portsmouth.

"They have come in and offered more money which is inevitable when they have crowds of 18,000. That's just the way of the world and football."


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