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MANAGER'S VERDICT: ASTON VILLA

3 February 2018

NIGEL Clough said that despite the result it was a good performance from his side as the Brewers lost 3-2 at Aston Villa.

The Albion manager said: "It was as good a performance as we have put in all season. Four days ago was one of the worst performances for some time so this was a brilliant achievement especially considering that Aston Villa are such a good team on such a good run. We feel very aggrieved not to be coming away with a win.

"We probably hit rock bottom on Tuesday night in terms of the result and performance. We tried to wipe it away as much as we could and start afresh with the way we want to play. Today shows how we want to play for the remaining games."

A big plus for the Brewers was the return of Liam Boyce, who came back from injury to make his Championship debut and to score.

Clough said: "He comes on and gets a goal and that was no surprise at all. Imagine if he had been fit for the last 29 games? We are delighted for him.

"But to lose Darren Bent, Martin Samuelsen, having Jacob Davenport making his first start - considering everything it was a brilliant performance.

"At just 19 years old you can see why Manchester City rate Jacob as highly as they do."

The Brewers lost three players through injury during the game to Clough's frustration.

"Luke Murphy has had 12 stitches in a gash in his shin. Tom Flanagan has pulled his calf. Ben Turner has a very tight calf and couldn't continue so we were shuffling and reshuffling.

"That's why given all the circumstances and everything against us why it was such a good performance."


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