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CLOUGH WANTS TO TAKE THE INITIATIVE AGAINST FOREST

16 February 2018

NIGEL Clough says that the Brewers will look to take the initiative against Nottingham Forest as his team target a much-needed home win tomorrow (kick off 3pm).

The Brewers manager wants to bring the confidence from the last two away games back to the Pirelli Stadium and turn that into points.

He said: “Having the most possession in the last two games should give the players confidence.

“It’s about putting that onto our own pitch now but it’s a different way of playing, you can’t just sit back and look to break on people as if they sit back there is nowhere for you to break so we will try and take the initiative if we can.

“We want more shots, more crosses. The players get shots off in training but there can be a reluctance on a Saturday as there are points at stake and no-one wants to make a mistake.

“Sam Allardyce said he was struggling to get what they were doing in training onto the pitch and he’s one of the best in the business at it. It’s a continued dilemma for a lot of managers that what you see in training you don’t get on the pitch.

“The biggest difference this year as opposed to last season is that we have played with more fear.

“In the first season nobody expected anything from us and we just went out and enjoyed it. In our second season people said things like ‘can you establish yourself in the Championship’ but we can’t - we are Burton Albion, and it was always going to be a dogfight.

“We keep telling the players to just get one win. Sometimes that’s all it takes to give you that lift, so if we can get it on Saturday or Tuesday (at Barnsley) it could changes our fortunes for the remaining games.”


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