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26 December 2018

NIGEL Clough was delighted with a deserved 3-1 victory over Wycombe Wanderers at the Pirelli Stadium.

The Brewers came from behind to score three times in the first half with two from Lucas Akins and one from David Templeton securing the three points.

The Albion manager said: "It was important to get the three points today and I thought we deserved it over the course of the game.

"The most pleasing thing was having gone 1-0 down to a slice of misfortune we bounced back in brilliant style. It was also nice that our good play was rewarded for once with some good finishes.

"We had to cope with losing Jake Hesketh right at the start and that upsets the balance straight away. We wanted to get David Templeton on at home but not that early as we knew he wouldn't last the game after coming back from injury. And he got us another important goal.

"Lucas Akins led the line brilliantly today and deserved his goals. To get that third goal in added time in the first half was very important as that has won us the game and made it more comfortable in the second half. Marcus Harness made that third goal and was bright and lively and caused them problems throughout the game. And Lucas was there right where a good centre forward should be for a tap in for the third.

"We were urging the players on in that added time as we felt there was an opportunity and that they were reeling a little bit. A few teams might have settled for the 2-1 at the break but I don't want us to do that, I want us to score goals when we can.

"But Lucas got pulled and kicked from pillar to post but he battled away and caused them a lot of problems today and got his goals.

"They are an unbelievably honest side Wycombe and  keep going at you and going at you and then they bring Akinfenwa on and it changes the type of game it is. There is nothing like him in the league but Jake Buxton and John Brayford dealt with the threat superbly.

Clough confirmed that Hesketh's injury is a hamstring problem.

He said: "He's young player who has played a lot of games and it has caught up with him a bit. We will find out the extent of it in the next few days."

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