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CLOUGH SAYS SQUAD IS GOOD ENOUGH TO GET INTO PLAY-OFFS

22 November 2018

NIGEL Clough thinks his team are showing the kind of form that can earn a play-off place but knows that there’s a lot that can happen between now and May.

The Albion manager said: “We believe that from what we have seen over the last couple of months but it will depend on injuries and what happens in the January transfer window. There are a lot of ifs and buts but as we stand at the moment and what we have seen from the rest of the league, we are good enough to get into the play offs.

“Whether it happens or not is a different matter and the team needs to stay fit.

“There are a cluster of teams around the 28-point mark four points above us and our next aim is to get into that group and then take it on from there.

“We are developing as a group, knowing what’s needed to win games. When you take it all into consideration and the change of pattern play we have tried to instil in the last three months, then it’s still a work in progress; but certainly making progress at the moment.”

The Brewers face a difficult away trip to Blackpool on Saturday and then take on Charlton at the Pirelli Stadium on Tuesday – teams lying seventh and sixth respectively.

Clough said: “I think we are playing the three form teams in the League in a row, if you take out the top four. Blackpool are in the midst of a great run at the moment as were Coventry, but I think we are as well.

“Last Saturday it was a tough, tough game, the way Coventry were organised and set up. A lot of teams that are coming here are sitting behind the ball and seeing our vulnerability as catching us on the break, as Peterborough did. We always have to be careful of that.”

What Clough is asking for now is a repeat of the effort and quality that earned the 1-0 win.

He said: “The last time we put on a really good performance was against Walsall and then we dipped against Scunthorpe and we don’t want to do that against Blackpool or Charlton after Coventry.”


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