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MANAGER'S VERDICT: OXFORD UNITED

25 August 2018

NIGEL Clough was very disappointed with the Brewers second half performance which cost them the game at the Kassam Stadium after it was 1-1 at the break

Albion lost 3-1  and suffered their second away defeat of the week.

The Albion manager said: "The first goal was their first real effort on goal, again. We could have conceded again five minutes after that and then we get back in the game and could have gone ahead before half-time. They step it up after half-time and got that second goal which gave them the impetus they needed.

"We were a bit unlucky with the second goal - Stephen Bywater has made a great save and it has bounced straight to their lad when they can go anywhere. Then they got on top after that.

"We were very dsappointed with that second half performance after being right in the game at half time.

"They stepped it up and we couldn't cope with what they were doing in the second half. We had a few situations ourselves but nowhere near as many as them in the second half and we ended up deservedly losing on the second half performance. 

"The way we started the game was good but it seems at the moment that the first attack on our goal results in us going behind.

"The backbone of our experience is in the back four and they need to improve in order to keep us clean sheets."

Jamie Allen's sending off for a second yellow card rubbed salt into Albion's wounds.

Clough said: "I thought the first yellow card was harsh considering the number of fouls in the first half. Jamie makes one foul after he comes on and gets booked but I have no problems with the second one at all.

"You are trying to get back in the game, a third goal goes in and all of a sudden you get a sending off and it turns out to be a very poor day for us."


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