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CLOUGH LOOKS FOR NEW YEAR IMPROVEMENT IN AWAY FORM

31 December 2018

NIGEL Clough is looking to see an improvement in form on the road as the Brewers start the new year with back-to-back away games.

Albion travel to Bristol Rovers tomorrow and Rochdale on Saturday looking to build on four points in the last two home games.

However, Clough is expecting a tough test at Bristol on New Year’s Day.

He said: “They have just won three on the spin – everybody we play seems to be on a good run at the moment - and they will be as confident as anybody. It’s going to be a tough one, but we have to get something on the road in the next two league games.

“You look at the squad on paper and Bristol Rovers are as good as anybody, it just hasn’t quite gone for them this season, but they are starting to put it together now. They have strength in depth and when they came here, they were very accomplished, and it took a last-minute winner to beat them.

“Away from home we need to turn the losses into draws and the draws into victories. Sometimes we have gone away from home and gone for it and ended up losing the game. Walsall was the only  game where we really got our rewards. We want to keep playing like that, but we also need to be solid. Our attitude has got to change a bit and our priority has to be to not lose the game away from home.

“We have made too many mistakes this season, but the majority have been away from home. We have to stop giving away penalties and soft goals.”

The Brewers have a growing injury list with Jamie Allen coming off in the 1-1 draw with Plymouth and Ben Turner only able to make the bench.  Kyle McFadzean, Liam Boyce and Marvin Sordell were also all still sidelined.

Clough said: “It was a very tough League One game against Plymouth, physically and the relentlessness of it. It makes for good viewing but is very tough physically.

“Scott Fraser and Jamie Allen haven been carrying knocks and are both feeling it physically. That’s why it was good to look at Kieran Wallace in midfield. Stephen Quinn’s experience gets him through games

“It’s a tricky one. We will see who are the freshest ones, and try and get some fresh legs out there tomorrow.”

 


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