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CLOUGH LOOKS TO MAKE PROGRESS IN THE CARABAO CUP

15 June 2018

NIGEL Clough says his Burton Albion team will be again looking to make progress in the Carabao Cup despite being handed yet another away draw in this season's First Round.

The Brewers travel to Shrewsbury on a date to be confirmed in the week commencing August 13. It will be the Brewers sixth consecutive away draw in the Carabao and FA Cups.

But last season Albion won impressively away at Oldham and Cardiff before landing a trip to Old Trafford to play Manchester United.

Clough says that will be the aim again this season.

"It will be the same again in this year's competition. We want to try and get through and see if we can get a big draw. It's all about confidence early on as well and you want to try and win games.

"It's an incredible run of away draws, which is disappointing, but at least it's not too far for our supporters which is always a consideration for us.

"It's a tough draw, getting someone in your own league as well makes it difficult. It's not ideal but we had Oldham and Cardiff away last year and ended up going to Old Trafford.

"Shrewsbury had an exceptional year last season and were unlucky not to get promoted. Now they have lost Paul Hurst as manager that will be difficult to emulate but they have a good replacement (John Askey) and they will try."

Albion last played Shrewsbury in pre-season last July losing 1-0 and having Marvin Sordell sent off and Liam Boyce carried off after picking up the injury that kept him out for most of the Championship season.

Clough said: "Bad memories from 12 months certainly and losing Liam Boyce utimately had a big affect on our season and hopefully we will fair better this time."


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