THE work rate of the Brewers has been evident all season. However, the side took it to another level on Tuesday night when they achieved season-high numbers in the win over Nottingham Forest.
From the opening whistle of the first game of the season against Rochdale to the final whistle of the match against Forest, Albion have played 21 competitive games in just 89 days. That is an average of one match every 4.23 days.
That is already a tough workload, without factoring in multiple long away trips in a short amount of time, such as the fixtures against Plymouth and Portsmouth last month.
Such factors make Tuesday night’s performance all the more impressive, with the players recording a season-high number of outfield distance covered (115.2km).
This is not only the highest amount of distance covered by the Brewers this season, but also the highest since New Year’s Day, when Nigel Clough’s side beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 away from home.
In terms of the Pirelli Stadium, Tuesday night’s number is the highest on Albion’s home patch since the numbers first started getting tracked at the start of last season.
To add to his Man of the Match performance on Tuesday, Scott Fraser was the individual to cover the most distance during the tie. The midfielder covered 13.5km over the course of the game before he was substituted in the 85th minute.
Manager Nigel Clough said: “The game was physically and mentally draining. The result (against Nottingham Forest) shows just how hard our players work.”