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MANAGER'S VERDICT: CHARLTON ATHLETIC (A)

12 March 2019

NIGEL Clough was frustrated that his Brewers team didn’t quite have the clinical edge in the final third as the Brewers lost narrowly 2-1 at Charlton.

The two teams traded penalties in the first half before Ben Reeves won the game with a header after 33 minutes.

Albion dominated the game in the second period but couldn’t find the net.

The Albion manager said: “All that was missing was the final third again. We dominated the game for long periods, which was very encouraging coming here. But it’s just that final third, that final decision, putting a goal in or making one that has been missing most of the season.

“To get from back to front we are playing extremely well. The two centre halves were immaculate tonight. We are playing out from the back, getting the full backs involved but the front players aren’t providing that bit of quality.

“All throughout the game we should have scored more than one goal. We were very unlucky with one in the second half that Liam Boyce hit and sometimes you need a little break.

“It was a poor start giving the  penalty away which was very soft but John Brayford got the wrong side of his  man so we can see why the referee has given it. At 1-1 we were the most likely to go on and get another but they nick another one and we couldn’t find the equaliser.

“Their second goal was from a brilliant cross right by the touchline. They put in the cross and finish it. We have been in that situation ten times more than them, but nobody has produced one. Marcus Harness should have scored after ten seconds – that was the best chance of the game and we should have been 1-0 up not 1-0 down.

“But it was a good performance again and we couldn’t really fault it apart from that final third.”


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