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MANAGER'S VERDICT: FULHAM

20 January 2018

BREWERS boss Nigel Clough said it was a 'tough day' for Burton Albion as they we're comfortably beaten 6-0 by Fulham at Craven Cottage.

A brace of first half goals from Rui Fonte sandwiched a smart finish from Lucas Piazon and in the second half it was the turn of Ryan Sessegnon to score twice before substitute Aboubakar Kamara finished things off late on with a well taken lobbed finish.

"It was a tough day for us today," said Clough. "They're so good and so much better than us. We can't cope with the quality that they've got. It sounds silly but three of their goals were ricochets and deflections that dropped for them but with the quality of players they have all over the pitch you need everything to go in your favour.

"We gave the first one away after 15 minutes and the game plan is out of the window. We go chasing the game and get picked off twice more before half time."

Clough says he was particularly disappointed by Fulham's first and second goals, but admits him team were well in the game before the first.

He said: "The ones that we're most disappointed with is the first and the second one - they're the main ones, especially the timing of the first goal.

"We were settling in to the game and we were OK but then we play a ball in to the midfield and we give it away. We keep saying 'if you give the ball away in the middle of the park like that then teams are going to punish you' just like QPR did last week."

The home side had 68% of ball possession with a 90% passing accuracy which was too much for Nigel Clough's men to deal with.

He said: "I think with Fulham you can be cut open by one, two, three, four passes, whatever because they're so good. Whatever it dictates in the build-up they will use it.

"The 6th goal shouldn't have got through, just one guy running clear. It's very difficult when you're a player and you're 5-0 down in that situation."


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