IT was no Easter points for the Brewers after the 3-2 defeat at Southend, despite two good performances.
Nigel Clough was left frustrated by the lack of points but praised the effort and overall performances from a young side shorn of a lot of experience by injuries.
He said: “To play as well as we have done the last two games and get no points is incredible. That’s the next step we have to make, ensuring we don’t lose these games and ultimately winning them.
“Our young players especially have to learn how to win matches. Reece Hutchinson and Ben Fox haven’t played much football recently and have come here today where the crowd are vociferous, Southend are fighting for their lives and competing for every ball. It’s a hard game and it’s brilliant for them today to experience that.”
The Brewers had a lot of the play but conceded at key times.
Clough said: “The first 15 minutes we kept the ball well and created stuff ourselves and it was their first attack that they scored from.
“We are going to be vulnerable from set plays with no Jake Buxton or Liam Boyce. We are not a massive team anyway and we conceded twice from corners.”
John Brayford gave Albion fans hope with a well-taken goal to make it 2-1.
Clough said: “He was brilliant again today and he showed a lovely bit of composure. It was a great ball from Reece Hutchinson, and he has side footed it in.
“We scored wonderful team goals today. Marcus Harness got the second and that’s what it’s about for him getting more confidence and game time. He has improved a lot in the last six months, and he can’t wait for next season.”
The Brewers were without six key players by the end of the game, after Liam Boyce was stretchered off.
Clough confirmed that it was an ankle injury not a repeat of the knee injury that kept the striker out for eight months.
“The first fear was that it was knee again but it’s not. Ankles can still be serious, and he has one of these boots on and is on crutches. We will get it scanned on Wednesday but hopefully it won’t be too bad.”