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MANAGER'S VERDICT: PLYMOUTH

29 December 2018

NIGEL Clough thought his team had the best chances to win the game but was pleased that his injury hit squad were able to battle for a 1-1 draw at home to Plymouth.

The Albion manager said: "It was an incredibly hard game for us today. Despite going 1-0 up at the start we should have had that second goal but we knew that Plymouth  might be bottom of the league but would go for it as they have nothing to lose.

"When they throw as many men forward as they did then they make it very difficult. Then they got the goal and their tails were up. But we stood firm - Brayford and Buxton especially and made sure we got a point.

"We haven't had enough draws this season and that was one we may well have lost a couple of months ago. It was end-to-end at times today and it could easily have been 4-4.

"Saying that, we have missed the two best chances of the game. We have missed the target from six yards twice - Jamie Allen and Marcus Harness -  and if one of those goes in I think we win the game.

"We also scored with a  great team goal. Ben Fox squares it across the face of the goal and Will Miller is there in the right place to tap it in. The only difference between today and Wycombe was that on Boxing Day we put our chances away and today we had two gilt edged ones that we missed. With the quality of the build up play one of those has to go in but they didn't so we will take the point.

"With the injuries and players we have missing and people playing out of position I'm extremely proud with how we coped with it today."

With Ben Turner not being fit enough to start the game and Jamie Allen being forced off with an ankle injury he has been carrying then Clough's options could be further reduced for New Year's Day and Bristol Rovers.

He said: "The games are coming every three days and that's the problem for Jamie. He has been carrying an ankle injury and he hasn't had chance to recover.

"Ben Turner felt his hamstring on Boxing Day and even if we needed him for five minutes it would have been a risk.

"It's so difficult when you are stretched with injuries and the same players have to keep doing it."


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