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MANAGER'S VERDICT: BRADFORD

21 August 2018

NIGEL Clough was left frustrated after the Brewers left Bradford with no points despite controlling the play and creating more than 20 shooting opportunities.

The Brewers lost 1-0 but could and should have won at Valley Parade.

The Albion manager said: "We are very frustrated as I can't quite understand how we have come away tonight losing that game. To have so much of the play, so many chances, to give away such a poor goal - it's beyond frustration.

"The game was there to be won in the first 30 minutes and I think it was about the first time they had been in our penalty area when they scored. We have an experienced defender in Ben Turner who has played the ball across the face of his own penalty area and they nicked it and the lad's put it in the bottom corner. That lifted them for five to 10 minutes but when the second half started we were back in control."

The missed chances then cost the Brewers dear with Marvin Sordell missing a geat chance early in the second period and Lucas Akins missing from close range at the death.

Clough said: "In training we scream at them to hit the target and to do the basics well but we didn't quite do that tonight.

"Liam Boyce is our main man and has to play better than he did in the first half. But the chances didn't fall to him tonight they fell to other people and they didn't take them. We need someone to be a bit more clinical.

"In terms of general play, to control it the way we did was good and when we talk again in the morning we might be a little less disappointed than we are at the moment. I thought Jake Buxton was excellent tonight and Lucas Akins playing out of position - showing his versatility again."


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