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MANAGER'S VERDICT: BRISTOL CITY

10 March 2018

NIGEL Clough praised another good performance from his team as the Brewers earned a point in a 0-0 draw with Bristol City.

The Albion manager thought it was a good game played out by two honest teams and thought his side had done enough in the first half to have won it.

He said: "We had opportunities in the first half to win the game - that's where we missed out - but overall I thought it was a good game of football. We have gone to-to-toe with a team chasing the play-offs and ultimately the Premier League and I thought we had the better of it over the course of the game.

"When you haven't won at home for as long as we have to start the way we did and go at them like we did with no fear was important. Right from the kick off we attacked, got crosses in the box, got half chances and should have been 2-0 up at half time.

"Credit Bristol City as they improved in the second half, changed their shape a bit and caused us a few more problems. It's rare you dominate a game for 90 minutes.

"We wanted to do the same in the second half as the first 45 minutes but better - but we didn't quite manage that.

"We tried to change it up for everyone at home with an overnight stay and even changed the positions they have got in the dressing room just to make it fresher and not the same old thing.

"In the end, it was a good point today and we take a lot of heart again from the performance."

Clough was forced to again make changes due to injury with both Lucas Akins and Liam Boyce having to be substituted.

The manager said: "Liam has a swollen ankle and we will have to see how he is for Tuesday.

"Lucas pulled a hamstring. We are not quite sure of the seriousness of it but I don't think he will make Tueday and next Saturday. The end of the international break might be his target."


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