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MANAGER'S VERDICT: PORT VALE

13 August 2019

NIGEL Clough was pleased with the way his side saw off the challenge of Port Vale to win through to the Carabao Cup Second Round and a home tie against Morecambe.

Goals from Liam Boyce and Scott Fraser either side of a Port Vale penalty earned the Brewers a 2-1 success.

Clough said: "It was a tough game - which it was always going to be. We started well and got the early goal and then we relaxed a little bit too much.

"They are not a bad team and didn't need any encouragement which they got from the penalty which I thought was very harsh. John-Joe can't do anything about the ball, it has just struck his arm.

"But after being pegged back to 1-1 the reaction was superb and we scored another brilliant goal - they were both team goals.

"They threw the kitchen sink at us in the last 10 minutes but having said that I think Kieran O'Hara had more to do in the first half.

"We have a lot of away games in the current run of matches so to win the first two is very important and for fitness as well, as you can't replicate these kind of cup ties in pre-season.

"It was 97 hard football minutes for the lads tonight so I was pleased with that and apart from a few small knocks they have all come through and it shouldn't stop anyone playing on Saturday."


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