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CLOUGH GIVES PLAYERS POINTS TARGET FOR SURVIVAL

21 February 2018

NIGEL Clough has given his players a points target that he hopes will result in survival in the Championship relegation battle.

The Brewers are currently in 22nd place with 29 points – only behind Hull in the final safe position on goal difference.

The Brewers manager said: “We have a rough points target in mind and if we get to that we have a chance of staying up. It’s about so many wins, draws and loses between now and the final game and it’s a good thing for the players to focus on between now and the end of the season.

“The aim is to keep picking up points and to try and draw a few more teams into the mix.”

Clough was delighted with the three points at Barnsley that have helped boost the points total and praised his injury-stretched squad for another good performance.

He said: “We had two 19-years-olds and a 20-year-old in there. We have Liam Boyce coming back to fitness. Jacob Davenport and Martin Samuelsen are still gaining match fitness as they haven’t played much. That’s a disadvantage at this stage as most teams are very much up to speed.

“You look at the faces of Jacob Davenport, Joe Sbarra and Martin Samuelsen after last night’s game and they are a bit shell shocked. You don’t experience anything like that in Under 23s football and that’s why they need that kind of experience. They will learn from last night and next time they will be better equipped to go through it.”


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