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2 March 2019

NIGEL Clough saw his team battle to earn a clean sheet and another point but admits it’s not going for Albion in front of goal at present after a -0-0 draw against Walsall.

The Albion manager said: “It was a battle today – especially in the second half. We were on the back foot for a little bit in the second half and had to defend. But it’s a nicer feeling than losing last week to Fleetwood.”

In the end it was a game of few chances with Albion frustrated in front of goal by the visitors.

Clough said: “Walsall worked extremely hard first and foremost to stop us. They were very organised and got a lot of men behind the ball. They grew in confidence on the back of the first 45 minutes and the good result they had last week which we knew would be the case.

“It’s a struggle for us at the moment, in terms of creating chances and scoring them. There aren’t many and when they are dropping, we are not putting them away. We are not making the most of our situations.

“The main one was David Templeton in the first half. Their lad got a block in just in front of the goalkeeper. If that goes in it’s a different game. Marcus Harness breaks away in the second half, pulls one across the six-yard box but nobody has got on the end of it.

“We made the substitutions to try and change it to try and loosen something up and be as positive as we could.

“But we are struggling a bit physically and our main threats are misfiring at the moment. David Templeton and Liam Boyce are not at their sharpest at the moment and are struggling confidence wise.

“We have to keep going, keep working harder on the training ground and on the pitch and that’s the only way things will turn for you.

“It’s catching up with the lads a little bit after 45-50 games and pretty much the same players every week.

“But there was certainly no lack of effort and fighting qualities today.”

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