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MANAGER'S VERDICT: PORT VALE

9 October 2018

NIGEL Clough says the 1-0 defeat at Port Vale sums up the problems his team are having at present.

Albion had the bulk of the play, 12 corners and 15 attempts on goal but coud not find the net. Port Vale scored the only goal of the game with a rare attack to win this Checkatrade Trophy group tie.

The Brewers manager said: "We missed a host of chances again, dominated the game but made one mistake and we were punished for it.

"We are looking for someone to create a goal or score one. With the lads coming in tonight we told them it was their opportunity to force their way into the team and with the scoreline there's not too many did that.

"Will Miller had a good 90 minutes and was nice and positive as he builds up to full fitness so we were pleased with him. Ben Fox had good a good 90 minutes as well.

"It was just that final pass again that we were missing and then that one mistake, with Joe Sbarra unfortunately giving the ball away, that cost us because their lad put it away and that's just the way it's going for us at the moment.

"We gave people starts tonight to make a difference but nobody really did it. Jake Hesketh was as close as anyone to doing that when he came on. He was bright and lively but there won't be too many knocking on the door on Friday saying they should be in the team.

"Ben Fox is a little bit unfortuante as our best three players in recent games have been Quinn, Fraser and Allen so to break into that it might be an injury but he's there and thereabouts.

"But we were looking tonight for people to really make a difference and that wasn't the case.

"To dominate the first half with what must be 75-80 per cent possession but not have enough creativity on the edge of the box was dissapointing. But when there is no Boyce, Templeton and Quinn you miss that guile and invention they bring. We are not as good when those three aren't on the pitch."


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