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CLOUGH WILL HAVE EYES ON RELEGATION RIVALS

4 May 2018

NIGEL Clough will have observers at the games featuring Bolton and Barnsley on Sunday as results elsewhere impact on the Brewers at Preston (kick off 12.30pm).

There are five teams involved in the relegation dogfight with Birmingham and Reading coming into the equation for Albion if they lose and the Brewers win.

But the main focus will be on how Bolton are doing at home to Nottingham Forest and Barnsley at Derby County.

Clough said: “It’s not just the results sometimes but how the games are going. If Bolton are piling pressure on and looking like they would get a goal, then we will need one and that might change our thinking during the game.”

The last day tension mirrors two seasons ago when Albion went to Doncaster needing a point to win promotion to the Championship.

Clough said: “We have more to lose this time. That day we would have lost the chance of automatic promotion but we would still have had a crack at the play offs.

“We are used to tight finishes but they aren’t nice.

“But our aim at the start of the season was survival and we are one game away from achieving that.

“It’s a nervous time which is why we try and keep it low key. The players have been unbelievably focussed the last three games and different characters might have packed in after the Hull game and resigned themselves to relegation. A lot of dressing rooms wouldn’t have recovered.

“They believe we can do it. After Sunderland and scoring two in the last five minutes they knew they could do this.”


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