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CLOUGH DOESN'T WANT A CUP HANGOVER

28 September 2018

NIGEL Clough doesn’t want any hangover from the Carabao Cup victory when his side take on Scunthorpe tomorrow (kick off 3pm).

The Brewers beat Burnley 2-1 to make it to the Fourth Round of the competition for the first time but Clough has always said that the two home league games coming up were more important.

He said: “We don’t want it to be after the Lord Mayor’s show. We will be impressing on the players that league points are more important. We had a wonderful night on Tuesday but it’s back to the bread and butter now. It’s Saturday and Tuesday at home – let’s get some points on the board and get into the top half of the table.”

Clough is expecting Scunthorpe to be up for the challenge with a new manager in place.

He said: “Scunthorpe will be competitive like every League One side. Stuart McCall has gone in there and will be trying to exert his influence and philosophy and that will take time. When you have to change manager so early in the season it’s not ideal but they have an experienced one in there now and we are looking forward to another good League One game.

“We need to keep up the standard of performance - that’s the biggest thing we will be saying to the players. You can’t always guarantee the result but you can keep up the performances.

“Jamie Allen had a couple of chances against Accrington and missed them but he has two goals in two games now. He needs to keep making those runs and maintaining that level of performance and then goals will come. It’s things like that we will be telling the players.”


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