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MANAGER'S VERDICT: GILLINGHAM

12 January 2019

NIGEL Clough says that defensive errors are costing his team after a frustrating afternoon where the Brewers dominated Gillingham but lost 3-2.

Albion battled back from 0-2 down at the break to pull level but then conceded with a sucker punch on 90 minutes.

Clough said: "To have the level of domination we had and then to come in two down was ridiculous in itself. It's our experienced players costing us at the moment and that is frustrating.

"We started the game well, hit the woodwork twice but didn't do enough to get the goals our play deserved early on and then with their first shot they score and then we give a suicidal goal away just before half-time. 

"Even then we told the players to go out and win the game in the second half - not draw it but win it - but those defensive frailities came back again and cost us a goal in the 90th minute.

"The five defeats we have had here we have had the vast majority of the possession and most of the chances - more than 30 shots today - but the common denominator is conceding goals and that's why we need defenders more than anything. Creatively we are as good as anything in the league and with the options we have got we need some defenders who want to take responsibilty and defend.

"Some of the attacking play was absolutely brilliant stuff but you have to back that up with defensive solidity. We lost Jake Buxton today through illness and we missed him out there with his organising, his talking and his leadership."

Clough says he will be looking to bring a central defender in as soon as possible to help create that more solid back line.

"We want to sign a centre half this week - we have someone in mind. We will do everything we can to bring a centre half in."


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