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MANAGER'S VERDICT: AFC WIMBLEDON

1 September 2018

NIGEL Clough says his Brewers deserved three points and a clean sheet for the quality of the finishing and the effort put in by his team - especially a patched up defence.

Injuries meant Albion had Brad Collins making his debut in goal, Ben Fox at right back and Lucas Akins at centre half but the Brewers still ran out 3-0 winners over AFC Wimbledon.

Clough said: "With some of the situations they had we got away with a few today. We deserved  to because with a patched up team, Ben Fox and Lucas Akins give everything out of positon. We had an 18-year-old (Reece Hutchinson) at left back as well. To keep a clean sheet in those circumstances is remarkable. 

"We rode our luck at times when they missed the target, missed chances - but we deserved that luck. We haven't had much luck this season and the quality of our goals deserved to win the game.

"The three players who scored the goals (Quinn, Templeton and Boyce) stood out a mile. The first two were brilliant strikes and if you are a striker you appreciate Liam Boyce's goal as well, where he just gets a toe in when there are three or four defenders around.

"We can't wait until Stephen Quinn can get longer through a game. He was on his knees after 55 minutes but we want him to build up his fitness and stay out there. The influence he has has had on us already is huge. And David Templeton was on it from the first minute today. He's building up fitness and you see his progress in every single game.

"Brad Collins has come in for his debut in goal - a very level headed lad and I think he has a lot of potential and he's going to play for the next few weeks at least.

"With the four players we have brought in the squad is very young. But we needed a few bodies and good players. We are pleased with the business and over the window we have done well.

"If people have seen us on Tuesday against Aston Villa and then the effort and endeavour today then I hope they can give these lads a chance."


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