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CLOUGH HOPES CUP TIE CAN GIVE TEAM A CONFIDENCE BOOST

27 August 2018

NIGEL Clough hopes that a good performance against Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup tomorrow night can give his team a confidence boost.

The Brewers take on Steve Bruce’s Championship side in the Second Round (kick-off 7.45pm) offering a break from League One action.

Clough said: “Let’s try and get a cup result and gain some confidence.”

But the Albion boss will still have Saturday’s home League One game against AFC Wimbledon on his mind.

He said: “Without doubt the more important game of the week is Wimbledon but we will try and have a go first at Aston Villa. In some ways it’s nice to have a break from the league and get away from it but we will certainly have one eye on the Saturday league game as we need some points.

“If there’s something Tuesday night could give us it's confidence. We had a great home victory last time out against Doncaster, and if you look at our last four home games, we have won three out of four. Now we have two home games to look forward to and we have to put the last week behind us.”

Clough may not make too many changes to his team for the Aston Villa clash.

He said: “The way we are feeling, we just want to put the same experienced players out there again and give them an opportunity to do better.

“Aston Villa can put a very strong team out even without the starting line-up that played on Saturday such is the strength of the squad. It will be a good game and we have one of the biggest clubs in the country coming down and we can enjoy it.

“It’s an opportunity to play with a little bit more freedom. We did that on Tuesday despite the defeat at Bradford, but the second half at Oxford was a long way from that. We have to put that behind us and move on.”

Jamie Allen will miss the Aston Villa game after being red carded on Saturday.

Clough said: “He would definitely have started having come back from his injury, but the red card has scuppered that.

"But it was good to get him back on the pitch and see the runs he can make.”

 

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