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MANAGER'S VERDICT: PORTSMOUTH

23 October 2018

NIGEL Clough hailed a great away point for his Brewers team after the 2-2 draw at Portsmouth.

The Brewers manager said: "In terms of character and spirit it was there in abundance in the second half.

"When you come to a team who are top of the league and go 1-0 down, then not too many people would have backed us to get back into the game. But ten minutes into the second half we are ahead and if we could have held on for ten or 15 minutes after going ahead we could have come away with the three points."

Albion scored twice quickly in the second half through Devante Cole and Jake Hesketh after Clough made a change at the break bringing on Cole for Ben Fox.

Clough said: "We wanted some more impetus going forward as that was missing in the first half. The back four, the goalkeeper and Stephen Quinn were no problem at all, it was the ones beyond them who weren't getting forward and causing Portsmouth problems and that's why we changed it.

"Devante popped up and got the goal and it was a great team goal and a lovely move.

"Jake Hesketh then jinked in the penalty area and defenders are wary about touching people who do that and he rifles one into the roof of the net.

"For him and the other youngsters out there this is the kind of place that you grow up. You look through Portsmouth's team and I didn't see many youngsters in their 18 tonight."

That's four points from two of Albion's longest trips after back to back games at Plymouth and Portsmouth.

Clough said: "The supporters have been on the road for a lot of hours like we have and they have seen us score five goals in two games and get four points. That's brilliant in itself and they have seen us have a go at the league leaders tonight with five or six players missing. That's what they want to see."


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