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MANAGER'S VERDICT: MIDDLESBROUGH

18 December 2018

NIGEL Clough says that reaching the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup with Burton Albion is "as special as anything" the club has achieved.

A Jake Hesketh goal was enough to beat Middlsbrough and create history for Albion with a 1-0 quarter final victory.

The Brewers manager said: "The scale of the achievement is absolutely staggering - for Burton Albion to get to the semi-final of a major cup competition. It's very difficult to describe the feeling at this point.

"For anyone who has supported Burton Albion for any amount of time this will be one of the best experiences of their supporting years.

"They had two or three opportunities in the first half and got through us which is why we changed it at half-time. We felt we needed an extra body in the middle of the pitch. The three centre halves were sitting there very comforably but Hesketh, Allen and Quinn were working their socks off in front of them and needed a bit of help. And I thought we looked more comfortable and solid after that.

"And then the way we started the second half won us the game.

"We got the goal through Jake Hesketh. The most impressive thing was to win the tackle on the edge of the box and he was one of the few players tonight not to hit his shot over the bar, We bang on in training about hitting the bottom corners and he did.

"We were unlucky just before it when Jamie Allen hit the post as that was a brilliant effort. 

"We deserved the win for that start of the second half. We got away with one or two but if you are going to win away at Middlesbrough in the quarter final you are going to have to do that.

"But we needed everyone who went on the pitch tonight to do their job and give everything and they did that.

"We have had some incredible times at the club in the last 20 years but this is as special as anything."


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