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MANAGER'S VERDICT: SCUNTHORPE

10 November 2018

NIGEL Clough was disappointed with the application of his players and the costly defensive errors that saw his team bow out of the FA Cup 2-1 at Scunthorpe.

The Brewers manager said: "We are bitterly disappointed to go out after that first half performance. As well as we played in the previous games, the tempo we created in the first half today was nowhere near the level we set at Walsall last week.

"The attitude and application was the main reason. We have stressed all week that Scunthorpe would fight and scrap for everything. You only get one chance in the FA Cup and you can't waste 45 minutes of that time. That's the reason we are out and giving two goals away. Kyle McFadzean has given a free kick away and Damien McCrory has given the second goal away.

"They had a few situations but not many. We have had balls going across the face of their goal but didn't have the desire to get in there.

"We got a goal back as Liam Boyce hits the bottom corner, which he hasn't done for a few weeks, but we wasted opportunuities as a team throughout the game.

"There is a fine line between confidence and complacency and we pointed that out to the players that if you don't do the horrible things you have to do in football - win your headers, tackles, sprint until it hurts - then you aren't a team.

"When you give a team like Scunthorpe a two goal lead - like we have with Rochdale and Peterborough - then you see their desire to hold onto it. 

"We are not at the stage yet where we can put in a performance week in and week out - that's part of the development and the mental side as well. 

"We asked them to get us in the hat today. A clean sheet does that but we give two goals away and that's out of the window."


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