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MANAGER'S VERDICT: ACCRINGTON STANLEY

8 September 2018

NIGEL Clough thought his team should have got all three points but will take one after Accrington nearly came back to win it at the death.

He said: "It was very open in the first ten or 15 minutes and could have been 2-2 and then it settled down and we got the goal and were controlling it.

"Harry Campbell came on at half-time and was largelly untroubled as Brad Collins was at the end of the first half. But the penalty decision has changed the whole game. It was a little bit harsh. Kyle McFadzean got a foot on the ball and the referee was quite some distance from it. It was their end and they were baying for it but it could have gone either way.

"We played some very good football in patches throughout the game. The biggest disappointment was that having got the goal we didn't go on to get another one, especially with the situations we had. It was just poor decision making in and around their penalty area that has stopped us winning the game today.

"It was frustrating but there were a lot of good things today especially when you come here with no Buxton, Bywater, Brayford, McCrory or Boyce and you lose your goalie to an injury and then David Templeton.

"There were a lot of youngsters out there today and there was a bit of inexperience in the last 10 minutes."

Brad Collins has strained his thigh which means that Albion have lost another keeper.

Clough said: "It was a goal kick and he felt it. We will assess him this week and see if we have to get another one in.

"Harry came on and having had very little to do makes a point blank save in stoppage time to rescue us a point. It's one of those games where you should win it all the way through but could have lost it right at the end."


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