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CLOUGH LOOKS TO PUSH ON UP THE LEAGUE TABLE

21 February 2019

NIGEL Clough sees back-to-back home games as a chance to make further progress up the League One table.

The Brewers moved up 11th spot after the draw at Barnsley and must go one higher if they beat 10th placed Fleetwood on Saturday – kick off 3pm.

Then it’s struggling Walsall at the Pirelli on March 2 for the Brewers – who have lost only one game in the last 11 matches.

Clough said: “We will target the top ten, then top eight and we still haven’t given up on top six. It would mean putting a run together of wins not draws, we are conscious of that. But two home games now and then we will see where we are a week on Saturday.”

Clough is also looking to turn results like the draw at promotion-chasing Barnsley into wins.

He said: “The next step is finishing the opposition off whether that’s through one or two opportunities in a game or 30 as we have had in some home games. You have to finish them off when you need to. That’s why teams win games – they score goals at the right time.”

After playing Barnsley, Albion have now finally faced every other club in League One so what does Clough make of the best teams in the division?

He said: “Portsmouth have hit a little bit of a wall but it’s better to do it now and then with a dozen or more games left they are more than capable of picking up enough points. Sunderland are also more than capable of going on a charge and scoring goals, but I think the best two are at the top and everyone else is trying to catch them up.”

Clough also thinks the Brewers aren’t too far behind.

He said: “We have been to Portsmouth, Luton and Barnsley now, played all the top teams and have acquitted ourselves pretty well. On our day we can compete with any of them.”


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