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CLOUGH DISAPPOINTED WITH AWAY TIE

31 October 2018

NIGEL Clough was disappointed to be drawn away and to miss out on one of the Premier League big boys in the Carabao Cup quarter finals.

The Brewers boss was hoping to have a fourth tie in a row at the Pirelli Stadium or a money-spinning trip to the likes of Arsenal or Chelsea but instead we have to travel to Championship Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough currently lie third in the table after a strong start to the season and got through to the quarter finals by beating Premier League Crystal Palace tonight.

Clough said: "We would have liked to have been at home but we do realise that we have had three home ties in succession in the Carabao Cup.

"But when you do get to this stage you want either a home draw or one of the big four away. That's no disrespect to Middlesbrough.

"The one thing is that it gives us a chance which is important as well. They have knocked out a Premier League side tonight so that tells you how difficult it will be but we will give it everything to try and make the last four."

The Brewers face Middlesbrough Under 21s in the Checkatrade Trophy next week but Clough does not feel that has any bearing on the Carabao Cup tie.

Clough said: "It's a dead rubber next week and I think they will be vastly different teams next week to what they will be in December."

The tie will be played week commencing December 17. Date to be confirmed.


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