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MANAGER'S VERDICT: WYCOMBE (AWAY)

14 December 2019

NIGEL Clough says his team have to start turning possession and good play into goals after the 2-0 defeat at Wycombe.

Albion had more than 60 per cent of the play against the league leaders who converted the only two genuine goal-scoring opportunities they had in the game.

The Brewers manager said: “The performance was OK, to control the game as we did with over 60 per cent of the play. But it’s the same old story - between the penalty areas we were very good but we didn’t make anywhere near enough of the situations we had around their box.”

Albion went behind to Wycombe’s first attempt on goal on 24 minutes.

Clough said: “The ball just gets smashed back in and falls to a blue shirt. When you are top of the league every little thing goes your way. We put a lot of balls in the box, but nothing dropped for us today. But we have to take more care and do better.

“It has been the same all season; we are getting into good positions from good play but are not making anything from it. They are very confident here and when they get a goal ahead, they think they are going to win.

“We have had enough situations today but are not creating anything clear cut because of the final pass.

“It’s very simple and it has been symptomatic of the way we have played all season really. When we do put our chances away, like at Sunderland, we look a good team. But we have scored one in three games despite having the majority of the play and most of the situations, and we need our creative players to step up create something or score a goal.”

One plus for the Brewers was the return to the squad of Oliver Sarkic, John Brayford and Reece Hutchinson.

Clough said: “They have only had one training session, all of them, so we didn’t want to risk any of them starting. Reece is probably furthest ahead of the three, but it was good just to get them back on the pitch as it gives us more options going into the Christmas period.”

Stephen Quinn picked up his fifth booking however and will now miss the Rochdale game on December 21.

 


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