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MANAGER'S VERDICT: BIRMINGHAM CITY

6 January 2018

NIGEL Clough thought that the Brewers should have made progress in the FA Cup after taking the game to Birmingham City for much of the match but were punished for being wasteful.

After the 1-0 defeat, the Brewers boss said: "In terms of football and creating chances that's probably the best we have done away from home all season. 

"We played better than we did against Sheffield Wednesday but in that game we were clinical and took our chances and today we lost count of the numerous situations we created but we didn't take one of them. The final ball and shot were very wasteful on an afternoon when we should have been out of sight.

"We could feel it was that sort of day where they would score when we had been so wasteful in the final third - and we got punished.

"It's another game where Liam Boyce is sitting watching and we are saying to him 'how many would you have had if you had played today?' He would certainly have got on the scoresheet today.

"Out of respect for the competition and our supporters we put our first choice team out, no changes, and the effort wasn't lacking just the finishes we had at Reading and Sheffield Wednesday.

"There were some tired legs out there but when you see the chances we created and the way we played there is no regrets about the team we played today.

"It was an ideal opportunity when Will Miller got injured to get Joe Sbarra on at half-time and he did extremely well."


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