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MANAGER'S VERDICT: SHREWSBURY (AWAY)

24 August 2019

NIGEL Clough thought the fierce heat contributed to the stalemate at Shrewsbury but was pleased with a point and clean sheet on the road.

The Brewers remain undefeated on their travels after the 0-0 draw today and have picked up seven out of nine away points in League One.

Clough said: "The conditions dictated what sort of game it was compared to most League One games. It was absolutely roasting and it was the same players for us and Shrewsbury as Tuesday and last Saturday. It was understandable.

"I thought we got going a bit better in the second half and created a few chances and half chances. Kieran O'Hara has had one shot to save in the whole game so we controlled it pretty well but in this heat it was hard to get that extra bit of spark to win the game.

"It was pretty extreme to ask the lads to play football in but I thought both teams tried and the officials were very good and sensible today with their managing of the game."

Clough still though the Brewers might have won it.

He said: "We said to Scott Fraser that he needed his shooting boots from Oxford as he had a couple of situations and that was the difference when there's nothing in the game - if someone steps up you get the three points."

And Albion might have had a shout for a penalty when a Liam Boyce effort seemed to strike an arm.

Clough said: "We are not sure if it hit his chest first but his arms were certainly above his head. We are looking forward to having a look back at it and those are the breaks you need on a day like today."

The Brewers manager had to leave Nathan Broadhead and Liam Boyce out of the starting line up.

He said: "Nathan took a shot in training and fell to the floor with his hip so that ruled him out. We are hoping he will be OK for Tuesday.

"Liam Boyce took a lot of whacks at Oxford so we couldn't start him in this heat."


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