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CLOUGH WANTS TO KEEP CLEAN SHEETS GOING

22 February 2019

NIGEL Clough says the Brewers want to keep the mean streak at the back that has resulted in three clean sheets in four games.

After three away games in a row, the Brewers are back at the Pirelli Stadium tomorrow when Fleetwood are the visitors and although Clough wants to be positive he doesn’t want a repeat of games like Gillingham and Southend which the Brewers heavily dominated but lost.

The Brewers manager said: “You still want to be solid but a bit more attack-minded at times at home but without losing that solid foundation. In those games we have dominated but lost despite having had so many shots, if you have five less shots but don’t concede the goals you win. We are looking for a better balance."

The central defensive pairing of Jake Buxton and Kyle McFadzean has been at the heart of the solidity.

Clough said: “The partnership has done very well.  They are looking solid, organised and it’s not just the clean sheets. Brad Collins has had very few shots to save in those four games as everyone is protecting him well.”

Clough is looking forward to the visit of Fleetwood.

He said: “It should be a good game between two good teams - two teams who are capable of challenging the top six.”

Unlike the away game at Fleetwood that was played in atrocious weather tomorrow could be unseasonally warm.

Clough said: “Even Stephen Quinn who has played in all kinds of weather and internationally said that was the worst conditions he has ever played in up there. When people like that are saying it then we know how extreme it is.

“I hope it’s not too warm tomorrow. We don’t want it going the other way!!”


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