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MANAGER'S VERDICT: OXFORD

2 February 2019

NIGEL Clough was pleased with the way his side battled back from an early sending off to earn a 0-0 draw against Oxford United.

John Brayford received a red card after 11 minutes for pulling back Jerome Sinclair when he had a clear run on goal. It made life difficult for the Brewers who immediately made a change to bring Jake Buxton on for Jamie Allen and the Brewers manager was delighted with the response of his team.

He said: "It was very difficult for us from that point to win the game and it's a magnificent point and a great clean sheet.

"We have lost one in eight in the league and days like today keep it ticking along. What good teams do is when your teammate makes a mistake, the rest dig in deeper and you try much harder and that's what they did. I thought Jake was superb and he headed and blocked everything.

"I thought the spine of the team - Brad in goal, the two centre halves, Quinn, Fraser and Boyce got us the result."

The red card changed the course of the game but Clough thinks it was the right decision.

He said: "We had no complaints about the sending off at all. We were a little bit disappointed in the goalkeeper's starting position but no excuses and John Brayford shouldn't touch their lad. That early in the game, you take your chances and if he goes through and scores you still have 80 minutes to get back into the game. You don't pull him down - the referee had no choice.

"We had no real choice after that but to go to two banks of four and try and contain them. But we still wanted to be a threat on the break. Second half we didn't have too many attacks but when we did we looked dangerous and Marcus Harness came on and livened it up again.

"But the main thing was defending that clean sheet and we did that brilliantly."


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