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MANAGER'S VERDICT: ASTON VILLA

28 August 2018

NIGEL Clough says he hopes his team can take a lot of confidence from the 1-0 Carabao Cup win over Aston Villa.

The Brewers had to make all three substitutions by half-time, but still managed to restrict Aston Villa to very few opportunities and deservedly went ahead through Liam Boyce.

Clough said: "All we needed was a bit of confidence and luck and that's the first luck we have had with the deflection for Boyce's goal and some times that's the difference."

Kyle McFadzean was red carded at the death for a handball and Villa were awarded a penalty.

But Harry Campbell, who replaced the injured Stephen Bywater in goal, stepped up to make the save.

Clough said: "Harry has been patient and he's not quite ready and you saw that with a couple of things tonight but getting experiences like tonight can only help him and do him the world of good. Stephen's shoulder is very sore at the moment so we hope it's not too bad. We will get him scanned and take it from there. We can bring a goalkeeper on an emergency loan even if the window is closed. We probably will bring a goalie in if Stephen is going to be out for a few weeks."

Clough was pleased with how his team took the game to Villa despite losing John Brayford and Stephen Bywater to injury.

He said: "John's hamstring tightened up, Stephen it was his shoulder, and Stephen Quinn came off as we didn't know how along he could last after not playing for so long but you saw his appetite and desire out there.

"When you come off the back of two defeats you want to get a foothold in the game and not concede. To get in at half-time at 0-0 against such a strong team was a bonus for us and our confidence grew from there.

"That's four out of five wins at home now and two clean sheets in a row. We are now looking forward to playing at home."


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