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DECISION-MAKING IS COSTING BREWERS POINTS SAYS CLOUGH

12 September 2018

DECISION-MAKING in the final third of the pitch is the key area for improvement for Nigel Clough as his team looks to move up the League One table.

The Brewers manager believes his team should have more than seven points to show for their efforts so far after some good performances that have gone unrewarded.

He said: “That’s the one thing you can’t dictate – the decision making in the final third. That’s down to an individual player’s ability to make the decision and execute it.

“That was evident at Accrington on Saturday despite some very good play throughout the game. We are controlling games like we did at Bradford away and to get one point out of that and Accrington is puzzling having dominated the games.

“It’s just not playing the right pass at the right time.

“But the squad is settling down and the pattern of the games and shape of play is there for everyone to see. People are slotting into their positions well now. We are battling away and not counting the Checkatrade have only conceded one goal in the last three games.”

Clough is also still without key players such as Jake Buxton and John Brayford.

“I don’t think there are many teams that have had the injuries and disruption we have had since pre-season to cope with as well.

“We certainly won’t be the finished article until we get everyone available to choose from. We didn’t have the luxury of having our team together pre-season, so we are playing catch up but there’s plenty of encouragement and sustained periods in matches where we are playing very well.”


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