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MANAGER'S VERDICT: SOLIHULL

23 July 2019

NIGEL Clough said the trip to Solihull was another good pre-season test for his Brewers squad.

Albion drew 0-0 in a game played on a very sticky night as temperatures soared into the 30s.

Clough said: "All four games we have played so far have been markedly different. We should have been ahead tonight but finished with a lot of balls coming into our box. We ended up defending for the last five to ten minutes which is great experience as that maybe the case sometimes this season and not many teams in League One will do it as well as Solihull.

"They play to their strengths. They are a big side and very strong at free kicks, throw ins and corners which is what made them so successful last year.

"I was very pleased with John-Joe O'Toole and Jevan Anderson (centre half pairing). John-Joe looked comfortable. He reads the game well, has aggression and is in with a shout of playing back there if we don't need him in midfield."

The Brewers were without several key players who are all nursing niggly injuries.

Clough said: "Jake Buxton has had an injection in his toe to help it settle down and should be OK for Saturday. We aren't sure yet about Richard Nartey and Kieran O'Hara.

"David Templeton did his hip flexor in training yesterday and we are waiting on a scan on that but it could be two weeks.

"Colin Daniel's knee stiffened up in training but we hope he will be OK for Saturday.

"These kind of injuries are part of pre-season unfortunately but it's still a lot better than it was this time last year."

 

 


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