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MANAGER'S VERDICT: SHREWSBURY (H)

8 December 2018

NIGEL Clough hailed a battling performance from his team after a 2-1 win over Shrewsbury.

Goals from Liam Boyce and Scott Fraser earned the points on a day where football was hard to play in a strong wind and driving rain.

The Albion manager saw his team dig in for a hard-earned victory.

He said: "I think in the circumstances and the conditions we had to contend with today it was a brilliant three points. We didn't play anywhere near as well as we did against Charlton and had to show different qualities to get the win. 

"The conditions were difficult today,

"The wind was swirling around and the ball was holding up one minute and running on the next which makes it dfficult for players at any level. Despite that we did get it down and play when we could in the first half and created a few openings. In the second half with the wind behind them, they put us under pressure and it was all about our battling qualities.

"I thought we deserved a clean sheet today as for all their pressure in the second half Brad Colins had very few saves to make."

Liam Boyce scored the opener after chasing down a back pass and seeing it rebound into the net after the keeper tried to clear it.

Clough said: "That gave us a lift. There's an element of luck to it but if you go and close the goalkeeper down like that you deserve it. And that's only the second bit of luck we have had in six months. 

"The second was a completely different goal - a brilliant finish off the far post from Scott Fraser."

The only downside for the Brewers was Kyle McFadzean having to come off with injury.

Clough said: "Kyle got a whack on the hip when he came across and made a clearance so we will have to see how he is."

The Brewers now have three away games in a row so Clough was pleased to go into that spell with a win.

"It was a good solid professional performance today. It was nowhere near the football we are used to but it's a hard-earned three points. We need to be able to win in different ways and we did that today."


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