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MANAGER'S VERDICT: SUNDERLAND

15 September 2018

NIGEL Clough praised another good performance from his team after they became the first side to beat Sunderland in League One this season.

The Brewers manager said: "It was another good game and we have been involved in a few in the last few weeks but that was right up there with two teams going at it hammer and tongs. The endeavour and honesty in the game shone out.

"We should have won it more comfortably because of the start to the second half. In that five or six minutes we should have scored another goal or two and put the game to bed.

"Unfortunately they go up the other end, there's one shot from 25 yards and it's in the top corner. It's a different game then.

"But we protected the goalkeeper very well today. The two centre halves did their jobs. They dealt with so many balls into the box. Lucas Akins at right back acquitted himself brilliantly and the work rate all over the pitch was excellent with Stephen Quinn bringing it all together for us in the middle of the pitch."

First half goals from Jamie Allen and Kyle McFadzean sealed the points in a 2-1 win.

Clough said: "They had a good chance just before us but their lad screwed it wide. Jamie got in a little bit closer and put his in the bottom corner. He has been disappointed that when he has got in those positions that he hasn't scored but he tucked it away today and that will do his confidence good.

"It was Kyle's first goal for quite some time and it's something we have talked about - our centre halves have to weigh in with goals. 

"We weren't as clinical as we were against Wimbledon. There were a number of situations we didn't make the most of. But to score another two goals at home and to keep that consistency of performance was pleasing.

"The last four or five have been of a hight standard. We not only want to maintain that, we want to improve on it."

The only downside for Albion was the injury to Damien McCrory who was playing his first game after recovering from a hamstring problem.

Clough said: "He's back on the treatment table as his hamstring was very sore at the end of the game which is why he had to come off. We will get him assessed but I would think he will be a doubt for next week."


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